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Medicaid Audit Program: High Costs, Small Benefits

Medicaid Audit Program: High Costs, Small Benefits

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Medicaid: Talk about a raw deal for taxpayers.  A Medicaid audit program has cost $102 million since 2008, but identified under $20 million in overpayments, according to the Government Accountability Office. The U.S. Justice Department has estimated that fraud in Medicare and Medicaid costs taxpayers an estimated $60 million annually, Los Angeles Times' Jamie Goldberg reports.

Healthcare Reform: 56% of small-business want the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's healthcare reform with no or only minor changes, according to a poll by the Small Business Majority. One third said they wanted the law overturned, reports Kate Rogers for Fox Business.

Stress: Levels of stress jumped 18% among women and 24% among men between 1983 and 2009 according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. People who have low incomes and less education, as well as women, seemed to be the population most affected by stress, reports Angela Haupt for US News.

Greece: Greece's economic crisis is taking a toll on the country's health services. The country's hospitals are cutting off access to some drugs and rationing operations and treatment, reports Karolina Tagaris for Reuters.

Regulations: The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to present a proposal to strengthen regulations on air pollution from soot. The regulation could result in health benefits, but will require some business to make anti-pollution investments, reports John Crawley for Reuters.

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