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Aetna, Humana antitrust trial set to begin

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 03, 2016

Aetna and Humana, two of the largest Medicare Advantage players, will fight accusations that if they merged, seniors and people with disabilities in more than 300 markets would be negatively affected.

Anthem-Cigna merger trial to start next week

Anthem-Cigna merger trial to start next week

By Erica Teichert  |  November 12, 2016

The first of the U.S. Justice Department's highly anticipated healthcare merger challenges is set to start next week in Washington, D.C.,as Anthem and Cigna Corp. defend their proposed merger.

Healthcare leaders send cash to Hillary Clinton, shun Donald Trump

Healthcare leaders send cash to Hillary Clinton, shun Donald Trump

By Bob Herman and Shannon Muchmore  |  October 29, 2016

In a sample of 100 prominent healthcare executives, a quarter gave money to Democrat Hillary Clinton. Not a single one financially backed Trump, even though many of them have a history of donating to conservative politicians and causes.

High court to weigh in on validity of nursing home arbitration agreements

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 29, 2016

In the case at hand, a subsidiary of Kindred Healthcare is fighting the daughters of two former residents. Although the daughters signed admission paperwork for their parents, Kentucky's Supreme Court said the arbitration agreements in those contracts violated the residents' “God-given”...

Should you worry about ACA hikes?

Should you worry about ACA hikes?

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 29, 2016

Policy experts say the projected double-digit hikes are unlikely to affect the majority of people who enroll in health plans through the federal exchange. At the same time, benchmark premiums in some states, including Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio, will increase only slightly or even decrease in 2017.

Double-digit premium hikes unlikely to affect most ACA shoppers

Double-digit premium hikes unlikely to affect most ACA shoppers

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 25, 2016

Health insurance premiums for the benchmark exchange plans are set to rise 25% on average in 2017—an eye-popping figure that has fueled another wave of criticism by Republicans seeking to dismantle the ACA. But policy experts say the projected hikes are unlikely to affect most enrollees.

How some Blues made the ACA work while others failed

How some Blues made the ACA work while others failed

By Bob Herman  |  October 15, 2016

Wildly different experiences with the ACA marketplaces have played out across 34 not-for-profit and mutual Blue Cross and Blue Shield brands, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings.

Humana, Cigna hit by lower 2017 Medicare star ratings

Humana, Cigna hit by lower 2017 Medicare star ratings

By Shannon Muchmore and Aurora Aguilar  |  October 12, 2016

The percentage of Humana Medicare Advantage members in plans with four stars or higher fell by half, from 78% a year ago to 37%. Cigna has only 20% of its members in plans rated four stars or higher. Meanwhile, 91% of Aetna's members are enrolled in four-star plans.

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

By Bob Herman  |  October 01, 2016

They're nearly ubiquitous now—the buzzy arm accessories that track your activity and heart rate and other measures of well-being. And last week, health insurer Aetna doubled down on the wellness promises of one of the most popular wearables—the Apple Watch—by offering it for free...

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