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Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Two key senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for two years in exchange for greater state flexibility on insurance market rules. While the proposal has industry support, it's unclear whether it can clear Congress.

Anthem launches PBM after falling-out with Express Scripts

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 18, 2017
Anthem launches PBM after falling-out with Express Scripts

Anthem is starting a pharmacy benefit manager in partnership with CVS Health after cutting ties with its longtime PBM, Express Scripts. Starting in 2020, when Anthem's Express Scripts contract ends, the new PBM will serve customers of Anthem-affiliated health plans and non-Anthem customers.

How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

By Kristen Schorsch  |  October 18, 2017
How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

Even before President Donald Trump announced plans last week to nix Obamacare subsidies, the Illinois Department of Insurance raced over the summer to get insurers on board with a strategy to minimize the financial pain of such a move.



Government

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Rep. Tom Marino will no longer be considered to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His decision comes just days after news reports revealed he played a critical role in passing legislation that weakened federal authority to control opioid distribution.

Technology

AMA launches collaborative data project

AMA launches collaborative data project

The American Medical Association is throwing its hat into the data and interoperability game with the launch of the Integrated Health Model Initiative, which will develop a framework for the industry to collect, organize and share health data that complements the ONC's standards work.

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