| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:59 PM
This week, America learned what the folks over on Security Boulevard already knew — there's a lot to be learned from Medicare accounting. Medicare paid out $77 billion to health care providers in 2012, according to the long-awaited data coming...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Eye specialists, ambulance service providers and clinical laboratories are the biggest recipients of Medicare payments around the country and in Maryland, taking in hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal health program for seniors, according...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Between the smoking ruins of U.S. foreign policy and the steaming mess of the Maryland health insurance exchange, Hillary Clinton's and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's leading positions in polls of Democratic primary voters seem to suggest that failure,...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Maryland is justifiably proud of being a leader in many health care initiatives. Yet when it comes to adopting a simple policy that would save the lives of babies, Maryland policymakers are sadly behind much of the nation. While more than half of babies...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:49 AM
Just as the Nixon White House tapes have been for years "the gift that keeps on giving" for the Democrats, Obamacare seems destined to be a recurring basis for political mischief by the Republicans.
While the GOP seriously damaged its brand with its...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:53 AM
Here's the latest attack on health care reform in a nutshell: In recent weeks, health insurance companies are sending out hundreds of thousands of letters of policy cancellation. Isn't that a direct contradiction to President Barack Obama's repeated...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 11:29 AM
During the recent hearings on Obamacare, we learned from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the Obamacare web site backup isn't encrypted as of today ("Obama blames 'bad apple' insurers for canceled coverage," Oct. 31). That's...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The Food and Drug Administration's 1983 blanket ban on blood donation from men who have sex with men (MSM) is outdated, discriminatory and medically unjustifiable.
Millions of Americans are denied the opportunity to donate life-saving blood products...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Most Americans with health insurance will be guaranteed access to mental health services, including for depression and alcoholism, equal to medical and surgical treatment under long-delayed rules issued Friday by the Obama administration. But the...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Amid continued criticism from a political rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown took some responsibility Tuesday for the dismal performance of Maryland's online health insurance exchange.
"Everyone that was involved in starting up the exchange is...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Maryland's Health Connection Executive Director Rebecca Pearce has done a mea culpa and rightfully resigned ("Health exchange director resigns," Dec. 6). Since Gov. Martin O'Malley put Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in charge of overseeing the implementation of...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:20 PM
The Columbia firm that helped fix the federal health care exchange announced Tuesday that it agreed to a new contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve as senior advisor on HealthCare.gov.
CMS initially turned to Optum/QSSI in...