medicare http://kut.org en LISTEN: Profiles of Uninsured in Texas as Marketplace Opens http://kut.org/post/listen-profiles-uninsured-texas-marketplace-opens <p></p><p>Central Texas has more than 100,000 uninsured people &ndash; some of whom may decide to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace that launches today.</p><p>On the player below, listen to interviews with three Central Texans who are uninsured &ndash; about their health care situation &ndash; and what they might do as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113349133" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:31:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8828 at http://kut.org LISTEN: Profiles of Uninsured in Texas as Marketplace Opens Texas Doctor Charged in Largest Medical Fraud Case Ever http://kut.org/post/texas-doctor-charged-largest-medical-fraud-case-ever <p>Everything&rsquo;s bigger in Texas &ndash; even the indictments.</p><p>Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted a Texas doctor and his associates on $365 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billings &ndash; the largest single medical fraud case ever alleged by the government.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:49:57 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3746 at http://kut.org Texas Doctor Charged in Largest Medical Fraud Case Ever Half of Texas Doctors Would Drop Medicare Patients If Cuts Come http://kut.org/post/half-texas-doctors-would-drop-medicare-patients-if-cuts-come <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_(United_States)">Medicare</a> payments to doctors are scheduled to be slashed by <a href="https://www.cms.gov/SustainableGRatesConFact/Downloads/sgr2012p.pdf">almost 30 percent</a> in January unless Congress does something to stop that from happening. A new poll of Texas doctors shows that half of them would stop taking Medicare patients if the cuts take effect.</p><p>Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance to about 47 million people over the age of 65. It also costs taxpayers <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&amp;id=1258">$452 billion a year.</a></p><p>&ldquo;Our Medicare patients are like family to us, but most doctors in Texas run small businesses,&rdquo; former <a href="http://www.texmed.org/">Texas Medical Association</a> (TMA) president Sue Bailey told KUT News. &ldquo;We have employees to pay. We have rents and utilities to pay just like any small business.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:34:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2696 at http://kut.org Half of Texas Doctors Would Drop Medicare Patients If Cuts Come