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Florida keeps its 2015 insurance rates under wraps
By Rachel Landen | August 01, 2014
Florida consumers will have to wait a little longer to find out definitively what their health insurance premiums may be in 2015, even though recent media reports suggest significant rate changes from some of the state's dominant insurers. Blame it on a Florida statute that allows insurers to...
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Humana's revenue rises, earnings fall on exchange, drug costs
By Rachel Landen | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Humana's investments tied to healthcare reform combined with high drug costs dragged its bottom line down roughly 18% in the second quarter, even as membership growth drove revenue higher.
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Reform Update: Exchange plan drug costs raise discrimination concerns
By Paul Demko | July 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
At the end of May, a discrimination complaint was filed with HHS' Office of Civil Rights charging that four insurance companies selling plans in Florida are illegally discriminating against individuals infected with HIV. According to health officials who work closely with people infected with HIV...
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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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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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Reform Update: Some states begin implementing ACA's Medicaid stop-smoking provisions
By Virgil Dickson | June 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
North Carolina has become the latest state to formally implement a provision of the healthcare reform law requiring state Medicaid programs to cover drugs used for smoking cessation both in their traditional and managed-care programs.
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Vital Signs
Medtronic Infuse issues cited in Humana's racketeering lawsuit
By Jaimy Lee | June 03, 2014
Scrutiny of Medtronic's Infuse bone graft product persists, this time as health insurer Humana alleges in a lawsuit that the medical-device manufacturer violated the federal racketeering statute by conspiring to work with physicians to illegally market the product off-label.
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VA scandal shows the realities of rationing care
By Modern Healthcare | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department is an example of single-payer, government-provided healthcare.
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Complaint accuses Florida insurers of bias against HIV patients
By Associated Press | May 30, 2014
Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal health officials Thursday alleging some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their insurance plans in a way that discourages consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing those plans.
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Vital Signs
Nearly 1 million added to Medicare Advantage rolls in 2014
By Paul Demko | May 29, 2014
Medicare Advantage plans added nearly 80,000 new customers in May, according to a breakdown of the latest enrollment data by analysts at the investment firm Barclays. So far this year, nearly 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have signed up for the private health plans.
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