Aetna's initiative aims to reduce the amount of powerful opioid prescriptions written by dentists and oral maxillofacial surgeons.
The Trump administration took another step Wednesday toward deregulating federal insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. The new policy will allow consumers to skip HealthCare.gov entirely to sign up for coverage in 2018.
UnitedHealth Group is shutting down its health plan experiment featuring staff providers offering unlimited primary and behavioral care at no charge.
The Trump administration on Monday proposed to allow small businesses to sign up for insurance coverage directly through an agent or broker rather than HealthCare.gov, citing their low enrollment in the federal marketplace.
Anthem announced Friday morning that it will stop pursuing Cigna, a merger that long ago turned into a hostile takeover bid. But the deal's $1.85 billion break-up fee is still in dispute.
Cigna has been cleared to walk away from its proposed $54 billion merger agreement with insurer Anthem, a Delaware Chancery Court judge ruled late Thursday.
The rising cost of employer-sponsored health benefits in the U.S. is slowing, but still outpacing cost growth across Europe.
The Trump administration won't penalize insurers for failing to verify the number of severely ill patients they've enrolled through the insurance exchanges. The Affordable Care Act pays companies with the sickest patients more money, but also requires that the numbers be audited.
Anthem is still fighting to close its $54 billion deal to merge with Cigna. The Indianapolis-based insurer Friday said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case although it's unlikely the high court will consider it.
Molina Healthcare could undergo some big changes now that the health insurer is no longer being steered by a Molina family member, including shifting its stance on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges or opening itself up to potential buyers hoping to expand their Medicaid footprints.
Humana's profit more than quadrupled in the first quarter of 2017, thanks to Aetna, which paid its former merger partner a hefty breakup fee after the deal fell through earlier this year.
The failure of the $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger squeezed Aetna's bottom line and contributed to a $381 million loss in the first quarter of 2017.