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Gov't: Medicare drug premiums inching up for 2014

The Obama administration says the average monthly premium for Medicare prescription drug plans will inch up by $1 next year, to $31. Full story

Humana profit rises on growth in retail, employer units

(Reuters) - Health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 18 percent, helped by low medical costs and growth in both its direct-to-customer division and employer-based insurance unit. Full story

For surgery, big and famous hospitals aren't always the best

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patients going to a hospital for surgery care about many things, from how kind the nurses are to how good the food is, but Consumers Union (CU) figures what they care about most is whether they stay in the hospital longer than they should and whether they come out alive. Full story

Battle brews again over Obama's health care law

   On the 48th anniversary of the signing of Medicare, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Dana Milbank join Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the GOP’s new round of attacks on the health care law.

Physicians celebrate Medicare's 48th anniversary

The Physicians for a National Health Program of South Carolina celebrated the 48th anniversary of Medicare today. Full story

Feds ban some Medicare providers in crackdown

For the first time in history, federal health officials said Friday they will ban certain types of Medicare and Medicaid providers in three high-fraud cities from enrolling in the taxpayer-funded programs for the poor as part of an effort to prevent scams. Full story

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  Hospitals balance patient satisfaction with path to healing

The Affordable Care Act ties millions in Medicare funding to patient satisfaction. But the mandated patient surveys may have unintended consequences, critics say. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

  Obama campaigning to sell the Affordable Care Act

President Obama gave a speech Thursday touting his health care law. Chris Hayes talks with MSNBC Policy Analyst Ezra Klein.

  David corrects himself on Medicare surtax

NBC's David Gregory issues a correction on remarks he made earlier regarding a Medicare surtax on payroll checks.

  Prescription Payout Scheme

CNBC's Andrea Day reports on a "master at the art of deception" whose crime went on for more than 4 years and included billing Medicare more than $10 million for services not provided.

  Implementing the Affordable Care Act

With less than 100 days until the Affordable Care Act officially takes effect, the Obama administration has launched a new effort to raise awareness about the online health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses.

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Mitt Romney writes on a white board as he talks about Medicare during a news conference at Spartanburg International Airport today in Greer, S.C .