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Changes loom as most-popular Medigap plans face extinction

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

A provision within the new Medicare physician payment law eliminates the most popular types of Medigap plans and therefore will lead to future Medigap enrollees paying more out of pocket for their medical care.

Minn. Blues insurer cuts back ACA exchange participation

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back its participation in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year after losing nearly $300 million in the individual market in 2015.

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Aetna's acquisition of Humana is creeping toward the finish line, getting an approval early last week from one of California's health insurance regulating bodies. The insurer's approval process stands in stark contrast to Anthem's purchase of Cigna Corp.

Meet the Medigap players

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Many of the largest carriers sell Medicare supplemental insurance. UnitedHealthcare, the health insurance unit of UnitedHealth Group, dominates the Medigap market because of its relationship with AARP.

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Not-for-profit integrated health systems continued to make money in 2015, but the margins were a lot tighter than the year before, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings. In some instances, their operational surpluses were slashed by half or more.

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

Indiana awarded new managed Medicaid contracts to four out of five bidding private health insurers. UnitedHealthcare was the lone company to miss the cut because its proposed costs were too high.

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

California's top insurance regulator has urged the U.S. Justice Department to kill the pending $53 billion transaction between health insurance titans Anthem and Cigna Corp. over concerns of higher prices and lower quality plans.

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