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Alex Wayne

I cover U.S. health policy in Washington, D.C. for Bloomberg News

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Heritage Action For America at the Hilton Anatole on August 20, 2013 in Dallas.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Heritage Action For America at the Hilton Anatole on August 20, 2013 in Dallas.

Cruz’s Rallying Cry: ‘Don’t Blink’

In Washington, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid to shut down the federal government unless President Barack Obama agrees to defund his own signature health law is seen as folly and dangerous — and that’s the view among leaders of Cruz’s...

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in Washington, DC.

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in Washington, DC.

Sebelius: Combating ‘Misinformation’

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of  Health and Human Services, sat down with Bloomberg News today while promoting the Affordable Care Act in Atlanta, Georgia. On Oct. 1, Americans who lack insurance through their jobs can begin signing up for coverage through...

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The industry today is holding the first-ever conference on covering so-called ``dual eligibles'', people who are both old enough to qualify for Medicare,
and poor enough to be put on Medicaid.

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The industry today is holding the first-ever conference on covering so-called ``dual eligibles'', people who are both old enough to qualify for Medicare, and poor enough to be put on Medicaid.

Insurers Set Eyes on States’ Oldest, Sickest

As at least 24 U.S. states prepare to move their oldest and sickest citizens from the government’s Medicare and Medicaid health programs into managed-care plans, insurers are figuring out the best way to profit. The industry today is holding the...

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Demonstrators in favor of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs outside the Supreme Court building after the court's ruling in Washington on June 28, 2012.

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Demonstrators in favor of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs outside the Supreme Court building after the court's ruling in Washington on June 28, 2012.

Last Chance: States’ One Shot at Exchange Control Looms

This week will be the last opportunity for states to retain some control over the new health insurance markets being readied for 2014 as part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act. States still on the fence about building the exchanges...

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Health-Care’s Added Cost: Compliance

The 2010 health-care law that’s expected to expand insurance coverage to 27 million Americans in the next decade isn’t cheap: About $1.2 trillion through 2022. There’s another cost, less well known: The time Americans will spend complying with the law...

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A doctor visits an elderly patient in her home.

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A doctor visits an elderly patient in her home.

Obamacare Bonuses May Be Improving Medicare Advantage Plans

The Obama administration’s bonus system for insurers participating in Medicare Advantage, the private-market alternative to the government’s traditional health insurance program for the elderly, has been criticized by Republicans as a political giveaway and by the Government Accountability Office as...

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People listen as Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during the Victory Rally in Florida at Town Square, Lake Sumter Landing on August 18, 2012 in The Villages.Ryan spoke about his family's reliance on Medicare.

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People listen as Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during the Victory Rally in Florida at Town Square, Lake Sumter Landing on August 18, 2012 in The Villages.Ryan spoke about his family's reliance on Medicare.

Study: Medicare Premiums Would Rise for 59% With Ryan Plan

Elderly people in Florida would have paid more than $200 extra for traditional Medicare if a system similar to Paul Ryan’s proposed overhaul of the program had been in place in 2010, according to researchers at the nonprofit Kaiser Family...

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Five year-old Jesse Quesada Jr. receives a dental x-ray during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

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Five year-old Jesse Quesada Jr. receives a dental x-ray during the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Oakland, California.

Obama Policy Credited For Decline in Uninsured; What Would Romney Do?

It’s difficult to spin today’s news on health insurance coverage as anything but a win for Barack Obama and his candidacy to keep the White House. Last year, the nation enjoyed its largest reduction in the uninsured population since 1999,...

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Protestors demonstrate against proposed cuts to Medical and Medicare outside San Francisco city hall.

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Protestors demonstrate against proposed cuts to Medical and Medicare outside San Francisco city hall.

Medicaid Would Lose $1.26 Trillion Under Romney’s Block Grant

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, says his plan to block-grant Medicaid would free governors from obtrusive federal rules on how they deliver health care to the poor. It would also cost states and health providers such as nursing homes...

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