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Facing premium ratio rule, insurers invest in technology
By Beth Kutscher | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health insurers, now required to spend the majority of their premium revenue on patient care, are looking for higher profit returns in businesses other than health insurance. As a result, many are investing in technology ventures.
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News
Wash. exchange plans double; average rates rise 1.9%
By Rachel Landen | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumers in Washington state will have more choices in health plans next year and at rates lower than initially proposed, according to information made public by the state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
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News
Reform Update: Facing ACA mandates, insurers diversify into technology
By Beth Kutscher | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurance companies, now required to spend the lion's share of premium revenue on patient care, are looking for higher investment returns elsewhere. As a result, they're increasingly putting money into technology ventures where they expect to realize higher returns.
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Vital Signs
Most-costly ACA plans cheapest for specialty drug patients
By Paul Demko | August 27, 2014
Individuals with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or cancer will likely spend far less money if they enroll in platinum plans through the exchanges, even though those typically have the highest monthly premiums, according to a new study by researchers at HealthPocket. That's because...
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Provider plans price more aggressively on insurance exchanges
By Paul Demko | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The launch of the Obamacare exchanges has offered an opportunity for provider-sponsored plans to compete on a level playing field with the traditional insurers that long have dominated the individual and small-group markets.
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Information
California: Insurers must cover elective abortions
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
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Magazine
University of Wisconsin Hospital CEO retiring Sept. 1, and other news makers
By Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Donna Katen-Bahensky is retiring as CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, effective Sept. 1.
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News
Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of the reform law. As with so...
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Vital Signs
'Copper plans' could cut subsidies, lower deficit, but would consumers bite?
By Paul Demko | August 19, 2014
Allowing cheaper health plans designed to cover just half of medical costs to be sold on the exchanges would result in 350,000 additional individuals enrolling in coverage in the next decade, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.
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Information
Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
By Associated Press | August 17, 2014
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's healthcare overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
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