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Vital Signs
Despite cuts, Medicare Advantage benefits, premiums largely unchanged in New York
By Paul Demko | July 19, 2014
Four years after passage of the federal healthcare law, benefits and premiums for Medicare Advantage plans in New York are largely unchanged, according to an analysis conducted by the Medicare Rights Center.
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UnitedHealth poised to expand exchange presence
By Paul Demko | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group will compete for customers in up to two dozen health insurance exchanges during the 2015 open enrollment period. That's at least twice as many markets as the country's largest insurer sold products in during the initial enrollment period, which ended earlier this year.
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Insurers likely to post healthy earnings for Q2
By Rachel Landen | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Second-quarter earnings for the major health insurers should be healthy with few surprises, despite financial pressures from fees, rate cuts and higher drug costs, and the potential risk from a new population gaining coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Analysts predict healthy Q2 earnings for insurers
By Rachel Landen | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The earnings consensus among the big health insurance players predicts a healthy second quarter with few surprises, despite financial pressures from fees, rate cuts and higher drug costs, as well as potential risk from a new population gaining coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable...
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Reform Update: ACA automatic re-enrollments seen as easing election uncertainty
By Paul Demko | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Obamacare supporters welcomed HHS' proposal Thursday to automatically re-enroll consumers in health plans on the federal insurance exchange in 2015 to avoid mass confusion and many people dropping out of coverage. But both supporters and critics say the proposal could increase costs for many...
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UPMC, Highmark set terms for contract to expire in 2015
By Melanie Evans | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pennsylvania's governor announced terms of the contentious breakup of Pittsburgh insurance company Highmark and UPMC, the city's dominant health system.
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Vital Signs
Higher Medicare Advantage payments don't benefit consumers
By Rachel Landen | June 26, 2014
Higher government payments to hospitals through the Medicare Advantage program don't trickle down to benefit consumers, according to a study from professors at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
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UnitedHealth provider cuts spur legislation
By Paul Demko | June 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would prohibit Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors in the middle of the year has been introduced in the House and Senate. The proposal was spurred by controversial cuts to provider networks over the past year by UnitedHealth Group.
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Information
House committee ordered to court in insider probe about Medicare Advantage rates
By Associated Press | June 21, 2014
A powerful U.S. House of Representatives committee was ordered on Friday to appear before a judge next month to explain why it should not be required to turn over documents in an insider-trading probe.
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Magazine
Catholic Health Initiatives adds Medicare Advantage plans
By Melanie Evans | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Catholic Health Initiatives is rapidly expanding its involvement in running Medicare Advantage plans, indicating it will launch plans in four states next year.
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