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Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

Insurers steal a beat from Apple, open retail branding stores

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Health insurers increasingly are building and staffing bricks-and-mortar retail centers to potentially expand their membership base and, most importantly for now, enhance their brand image with the public.

Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Publicly traded health insurers have been reporting higher figures in their individual markets as they offer insurance to people though exchanges built under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They're also benefiting from another provision of the law: Medicaid expansion.

Rising Medicaid enrollment boosts Centene's profit, revenue

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2014

Centene Corp. registered sizable top- and bottom-line growth in the third quarter. The managed-care company is benefiting directly from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and executives believe profitability will remain high through the rest of this year and beyond.

Expectations high for health insurers' Q3 results, thanks to ACA

By Bob Herman  |  October 27, 2014

Upcoming third-quarter earnings reports for many of the nation's publicly traded health insurers will offer a further glimpse into how many patients are seeing providers and how the new public exchanges are affecting business strategies. Financially, expect higher earnings for the group, analysts...

High-deductible health plans may be spurring questionable new provider charges

By Bob Herman  |  October 27, 2014

Patients long have been positioned uncomfortably between healthcare providers and insurers when payment is due for services. A new article by Elisabeth Rosenthal in The New York Times highlights a growing issue in how providers are collecting payments at the point of service.

Speculation swirls around what happens if federal subsidies go away

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 27, 2014

New language in contracts between the CMS and insurers operating on HealthCare.gov is grabbing attention, with some calling it an admission by the government that it might lose upcoming court battles dealing with insurance subsidies on the health portal and others saying the new wording is just a...

Plans without hospital coverage face criticism

By Bob Herman  |  October 25, 2014

Pressure is building for the Obama administration to disallow employer-based health plans that technically comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but do not offer hospital coverage.

California health insurance ballot measure gets dirty, literally

California health insurance ballot measure gets dirty, literally

By Bob Herman  |  October 24, 2014

Summary goes hereIn less than two weeks, California voters will decide the fate of Proposition 45, a ballot measure allowing the state's insurance commissioner to approve or deny premium rate hikes proposed by health insurers. Consumer advocates made an unusual effort Thursday to persuade...

Modern Healthcare's 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare Supplement issue

Modern Healthcare's 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare Supplement issue

October 24, 2014

Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. From economic development to employee retention, this program benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry. Published Oct. 27, 2014.

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