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CMS Continues Extension of Transitional Coverage into 2018

February 27, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again extended its policy enabling states to permit health plans additional time to bring coverage into compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Jeff Wu, Acting Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, issued the extension in a recent insurance standards bulletin on February 23. The division of CMS identified...


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CMS Continues Extension of Transitional Coverage into 2018

by Thomas Beaton

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again extended its policy enabling states to permit health plans additional time to bring coverage into compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Jeff Wu, Acting Director of the Center...

Market Monopoly Cause of Court Blocking Cigna-Anthem Merger

by Thomas Beaton

The full opinion of United States District Court for the District of Columbia blocking Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna became publicly available earlier this week and provides details into the court’s decision. In the memorandum opinion,...

Single-Payer Reform Purported to Save Estimated $504 Billion

by Thomas Beaton

A possible repeal of the ACA threatens to eliminate the coverage of 26 million Americans, but the authors of a recent commentary in the Annals of Internal Medicine contend that reforming to a single-payer system would allow for a Medicare expansion...

GOP Leaders Unveil Proposed ACA Repeal, Replacement Plans

by Thomas Beaton

GOP leaders have unveiled their latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with new health insurance regulations. The outline includes cutting federal Medicaid expansion, moving more Medicaid control to the states, and restructuring...

After Terminated Merger, Cigna Demands $13B from Anthem

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Anthem has secured a restraining order against Cigna preventing the final dissolusion of the merger.  The temporary order will be reviewed during a Delaware Chancery Court hearing on April 10. After a court ruling ended the...

CMS Proposes New Rule to Stabilize Health Insurance Exchanges

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently announced a proposed rule designed to help stabilize health insurance exchanges by promoting more coverage options and improving the risk pool for insurers. The proposed rule comes just one day after Humana publicized its decision...

Humana to Leave ACA Health Insurance Exchanges by 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Humana will halt sales of individual health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges by 2018, which will leave more than 150,000 Humana customers without a carrier.   Amid ongoing political uncertainty, Humana said...

Aetna, Humana Terminate Merger Deal After Court Defeat

by Thomas Beaton

Aetna and Humana have scrapped their merger plans after the Department of Justice blocked the deal due to antitrust concerns.  Aetna will pay Humana a $1 billion termination fee, included as part of the original agreement. The DOJ lawsuit,...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Cigna-Anthem Health Insurance Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A federal judge in Washington DC recently blocked a potential $48 billion health insurance merger between Cigna and Anthem, according to a Department of Justice (DoJ) press release. The two payers started the merger process back in the summer...

Proposed ACA Replacement Moves Coverage Choices to the States

by Thomas Beaton

Several Republican lawmakers have introduced the “Patient Freedom Act” as a proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing state authority and local decision-making in the health insurance market. Senators Bill Cassidy,...

Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna

by Vera Gruessner

A shareholder class action lawsuit has been filed against the national health insurance company Aetna Inc., according to a press release from the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. The announcement came earlier this...

Top 4 Ways Payers Could Improve Patient Health Outcomes

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurance companies have been putting more focus on preventive care, a reduction in unnecessary medical testing, and better patient health outcomes by transitioning to value-based care reimbursement. National payers have utilized a number...

Anthem Cut ER Costs by 3% with Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

  In recent years, the national health payer Anthem has been advancing value-based care reimbursement by collaborating with primary care providers and operating the Enhanced Personal Health Care program, according to a report released...

How Payers Could Assist Primary Care Docs with Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

How can health insurance companies improve their relationship with primary care practices? How can payers work with primary care providers to expand value-based care reimbursement?  For answers to these questions, HealthPayerIntelligence.com...

Why a Court Stopped the Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Merger

by Vera Gruessner

On January 23, Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Aetna-Humana health insurance merger would lead to antitrust problems and was not allowed to continue. The Coalition to Protect Patient...

Federal Court Blocks Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Merger

by Vera Gruessner

Today, a federal judge ruled that the health insurance merger between the healthcare payers Aetna and Humana should be blocked on the grounds that it would create antitrust issues, according to The New York Times. The health insurance...

Aetna, Humana, Harvard Pilgrim Target Patient Health Outcomes

by Vera Gruessner

Commercial health insurance companies have pursued a number of different approaches to improve patient health outcomes and reduce wasteful medical spending. The payers Aetna, Humana, and Harvard Pilgrim conducted some key collaborations to achieve...

Why Payers Should Reduce Cost Sharing for High-Value Care

by Vera Gruessner

Today, more healthcare payers are positioning greater cost-sharing onto the consumers to keep from raising premium rates, according to commentary published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The 2016 National Health Insurance Survey discovered that 40...

Humana, Aetna, Cigna Invest in Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

Value-based care payment models are continuing to make headlines among major health insurance companies around the nation. Last month, Humana entered into a value-based care arrangement with the population health management company Fullwell,...

Payers See High Financial Losses on Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers have been facing significant financial losses on the health insurance exchanges in recent years. UnitedHealth Group lost $475 million in 2015 and was predicting a loss of $650 million in 2016, according to Kaiser Health News....

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