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Lawsuit: Atrio Loses $29 Million, Overbills Medicare $31 Million

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A Roseburg-based health insurance company specializing in Medicare coverage in western Oregon has filed a lawsuit against two contractors in a $60 million dollar dispute over lost revenue and overcharges to the federal government.

Legislative Task Force Proposes Steps Towards Universal Health Care Coverage

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The group, which has been meeting since January, acknowledged that Oregon is not likely to adopt universal care anytime soon but it pointed towards that goal by offering initial steps.

Creating a “universal” state-run health care insurance system in Oregon is a monumental task and it’s unclear whether a majority of Oregonians even favor such a radical change, but a legislative work group this week offered some baby steps for the 2019 Legislature to consider.

Medicare Advantage Riding High As New Insurers Flock To Sell To Seniors

The Affordable Care Act cut billions of dollars to the plans but they're still flourishing, doubling enrollment to more than 20 million since 2010.

Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original Medicare.

Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

Pharmacists have been prevented from telling consumers when the cash price for a drug is lower than the cost through their insurer. But critics say this will not affect the causes of high drug prices.

For years, most pharmacists couldn’t give customers even a clue about an easy way to save money on prescription drugs. But the restraints are coming off.

Medicare Financial Outlook Worsens

Medicare’s financial condition has taken a turn for the worse because of predicted higher hospital spending and lower tax revenues that fund the program, the federal government reported Tuesday.

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