The Iowa Insurance Division said Friday that not-for-profit health insurer CoOportunity Health could not be saved and ordered its liquidation by the end of February.
A growing number of Americans are expected to need long-term-care services such as nursing home and home health care in the coming years. But experts increasingly doubt that private LTC insurance alone is a viable way to finance that care.
Top healthcare executives who gathered in San Francisco this past week at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference widely agreed that the healthcare reform law's coverage expansion and other provisions are not in jeopardy at the hands of congressional Republicans or the Supreme Court. Really?
There's been lots of talk about the problem of growing income inequality in the U.S. but not much action in the healthcare industry.
Aetna has agreed to a deal with Gilead Sciences to give preference to the drugmaker's hepatitis C drugs. It's the fourth straight agreement where a payer or benefits manager has chosen Gilead over competitor AbbVie.
Aetna competitors have no plans to follow its lead by raising employees' minimum wage to $16 an hour while also improving their health benefits, according to those interviewed at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.
Insurers were bullish on their prospects and circumspect on an expected rash of M&A. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said it will “take one big transaction to tip the whole thing off.”
Humana acknowledged late Tuesday it has an exclusive deal to offer Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drugs to its members. The company's announcement is the latest in a string of bargaining battles between health insurers and pharmacy benefits managers and pharmaceutical companies.
The 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco got off to a feverish start Monday. Here are some quick observations and news tidbits.
Health insurance merger and acquisition activity, quiet for the past two years, may pick up in 2015 as insurers become comfortable with reform's operating rules and hunger for expansion in the lucrative Medicare and Medicaid markets, industry observers say.
The health insurance merger and acquisition scene has been noticeably quiet for the past two years. But consensus is building among industry observers that activity should pick up in 2015 as insurers become more comfortable with healthcare reform’s new operating environment.
As more employers explore the advantages of self-insurance and administrative services only contracts, insurers have to find innovative ways to appeal to employers and help them reduce costs and improve care.