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Trump Signs Law To Aid WWII Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

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The legislation was advanced through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider denied disability benefits for those who claimed the testing caused health problems.

Feds Want Texas To Pay $18.9M Back To Medicaid For Improper School Health Services Bills

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Reimbursement requested by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission between 2010 and 2011 were not “reasonable, adequately supported, and otherwise allowable” for some school-based health services, according to an Inspector General’s report. Meanwhile, Kansas’ privatized Medicaid sytem ranks last in a customer satsifaction survey among the 36 states that offer managed care programs.

What To Do If A Medical Bill Triggers Sticker Shock?

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The Wall Street Journal suggests that consumers should negotiate medical costs, question charges and move quickly to resolve disputes or arrange payment plans. In another story, the Journal notes a trend in which consumers appear less anxious for the latest treatment or medical technology when it also is the most expensive.

HHS Rolls Back Two Programs Designed To Test New Medicare Payment Models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will cancel the Obama-era pilot programs that required Medicare providers to participate in new care delivery models for things such as heart attacks, bypass surgeries, and some hip and femur fractures.