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Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 06, 2015

Aetna's proposed $37 billion offer for Humana is about building strength and scale in the government insurance business, but some investors are nervous about whether the parties can deliver on expectations.

Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

By Associated Press  |  July 03, 2015

Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal healthcare overhaul.

Providers fear insurance mergers will intensify rate pressures

Providers fear insurance mergers will intensify rate pressures

By Bob Herman  |  June 27, 2015

The health insurance industry is on the verge of large-scale consolidation as its leaders seek to drive down costs, increase negotiating leverage and boost profits. But that could spur more consolidation among providers to counter the greater bargaining power of a smaller number of big insurers.

With subsidies settled, insurers look ahead to rate battles

With subsidies settled, insurers look ahead to rate battles

By Bob Herman  |  June 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in all states was a huge relief to health insurers, potentially encouraging them to step up their participation in the individual exchange market. Now attention turns to tension between insurers and regulators...

Wage increases reflect employer trend

By Bob Herman  |  June 20, 2015

Tufts Health Plan, a Watertown, Mass.-based health insurer with more than 1 million members, announced last week that it will pay all its employees at least $15 an hour, retroactive to May 24. That's $6 an hour above Massachusetts' minimum wage.

CMS raises reinsurance payouts to health insurers

CMS raises reinsurance payouts to health insurers

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2015

An Affordable Care Act provision intended to protect health insurers from excessive medical costs received a boost from the CMS late Wednesday, a move that will directly help the finances of insurers that have enrolled sicker members.

No loose lips on rumored Humana purchase

By Bob Herman  |  June 13, 2015

With Humana silent on a rumored merger, leaders of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies offered no clues at an investor conference last week about whether they are bidding.

Loose lips sink partnerships? Insurers quiet on Humana merger

By Bob Herman  |  June 10, 2015

With Humana seemingly in limbo over a rumored merger, executives of the largest for-profit health insurers didn't tip their hands over whether they were potential suitors Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Global Healthcare Conference.

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