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Employers Seek Clarity, Stability in Health Insurance Market

May 19, 2017 - The nation’s largest employers are taking a second look at what type of health insurance they buy, and why.  The American Health Policy Institute (AHPI) surveyed over 400 large companies and found issues of transparency, tax credits and competition among payers topped the list of concerns. The survey revealed three outstanding concerns of large employers: a desire for transparency...


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Kaiser Permanente Will Stay in ACA Health Insurance Exchange

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Kaiser Permanente will continue to offer coverage options through the ACA health insurance exchanges during 2018, the payer and provider announced this week. “Kaiser Permanente will continue to offer coverage -- including access to our...

KY Medicaid Awarded for Exceeding Quality, Patient Care

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Kentucky’s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid has received an award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medicaid managed care plan.  The award recognizes the plan’s service and clinical...

Two-Thirds of Physicians Disapprove of American Health Care Act

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Two-thirds of physicians in a new Merritt Hawkins survey reported having a negative impression of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This includes 58 percent of physicians who have a “strongly” negative take on the newly...

Anthem Terminates Cigna Merger, but Refuses to Pay Out $1.8B

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After a court ruling in Delaware, Anthem has notified Cigna that their proposed $54 billion merger is off, but that doesn’t mean the two insurance companies are amicably parting ways. Anthem has stated that it will not pay Cigna a $1.85...

Cardiologists: Senate Must Ensure “Meaningful Insurance Coverage”

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In a letter sent to Senate leadership, American College of Cardiology President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, advised lawmakers to ensure access to “meaningful insurance coverage and quality, cost-effective care” for the nation’s patients. ...

Aetna Will Abandon All Health Insurance Exchanges for 2018

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Aetna is ending participation in the Delaware and Nebraska ACA health insurance exchanges, completing its retreat from the public marketplace.   The company also made announcements earlier this year that it would be leaving the Virginia...

Humana Expands Orthopedic Bundled Payment Program to NC, VA

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Humana will bring its value-based orthopedic bundled payment program to 11 orthopedic specialty groups in North Carolina and Virginia.  The move follows a recent expansion into Kentucky and Indiana in 2017, and Ohio and Tennessee in...

BCBS Moves into Vacant TN Health Insurance Exchange

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Blue Cross-Blue Shield (BCBS) has announced its plans to offer coverage options on Tennessee’s Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in 2018.  The separate rating area consists of 16 counties in the greater Knoxville area....

Patient Incentives from Payers Encourage Preventive Care Visits

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To reduce payer claim costs, would you pay members to go see their doctor once a year?  That’s the premise for a wave of patient incentive programs currently being offered by health insurance companies. For healthcare insurance payers,...

MD Health Insurance Exchange Rates Up Double-Digits for 2018

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Patients in Maryland looking for insurance in 2018 may have bigger bills than they bargained for. The health insurance exchange rates for individual and group plans in the state have risen by up to 58 percent as payers try to cope with uncertainty,...

Anthem Pursues Cigna Merger Up to the Supreme Court

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Just seven days after a court upheld the initial ruling which blocked Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna, the nation’s second largest insurer is not giving up.   Anthem has confirmed that it is filing a writ of certiorari with...

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Help Reduce Payer Drug Spending

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Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are instrumental in helping payers provide appropriate access to prescriptions, expand access, and rein in drug spending, according to a recent report from the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)....

Aetna Posts Q1 Loss After ACA Withdrawal, Merger Collapse

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After a tumultuous 2016, Aetna announced a first-quarter 2017 net loss of $381 million, a significant  reversal from a $737 million profit a year ago. Aetna blamed the loss on costs associated with its attempted merger with Humana,...

Payers Offer 10 Ways to Improve Cost, Quality of Long-Term Care

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) issued ten long term care (LTC) federal policy recommendations to Congress.   The report was completed as part of the group’s Retirement Security Initiative.  NAIC...

Aetna to Offer New HMO Option for Delaware State Employees

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Health insurer Aetna was recently awarded a three-year contract as a provider of Delaware’s health plan offerings for its employees and pensioners.  Aetna has chosen a coordinated care approach partnering with local innovators to move...

Tufts Health Plan Sees Opportunities as New RI Medicaid Option

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Rhode Island will add Tufts Health Plan (THP) as its first new Medicaid option in seven years, according to the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS).  The new program, RITogether, will allow Medicaid...

Court Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against Anthem-Cigna Merger

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On Friday, a federal DC district appeals court upheld a February 2017 decision which blocked the acquisition of Cigna by health insurance giant Anthem.  Antitrust concerns led 11 states and the District of Columbia to join the US Justice...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Benefits Payers, Providers, Patients

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Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan has one of the nation’s most successful patient-centered medical home (PCMH) networks.  The model has improved patient outcomes, lowered payer costs and increased provider satisfaction and revenue. ...

Medicaid Service Equals or Surpasses Private Health Payers

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A new report by the Commonwealth Fund found that Medicaid provides equal or better quality health coverage to private health insurance plans.  The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey measured statistics related...

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