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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...

First Choice Emergency Room's parent goes public
By Bob Herman | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Adeptus Health, the parent company of the largest free-standing emergency room network in the U.S., went public Wednesday, with shares jumping by the end of the day.

Cigna, United plan to sell individual plans on Md. exchange in 2015
By Paul Demko | June 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Proposed 2015 premiums for individual and small-group health plans on Maryland's insurance exchange range from a decrease of 12.1% to an increase of 30.2%.

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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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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Reform Update: States with dysfunctional exchanges scramble to fix sites
By Paul Demko | May 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States with dysfunctional insurance exchanges are running out of time to decide how to proceed for the 2015 open enrollment period. Less than six months remain until the next signup window opens.

Reform Update: Significant rate increases ahead for 2015 open enrollment, initial filings show
By Paul Demko | May 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The first batch of 2015 rate filings for health insurance plans to be offered on exchanges show that premiums are likely to increase significantly, although in some cases not as steeply as initially anticipated. Insurers, basing rates on incomplete data on enrollees in this year's recently...

Mo. system virtually breaks ground on new telehealth center
By Joseph Conn | May 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The St. Louis-based Mercy Health system has been on nearly a decade-long telehealth journey. Next year, it will find a home. The 33-hospital Catholic system Tuesday held a “virtual” groundbreaking ceremony for a 120,000-square-foot, four-story Virtual Care Center that will host in a...

At least 80% of exchange customers making payments, insurers tell Congress
By Paul Demko | May 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
At least 80% of exchange customers are making their initial premium payments, according to three major insurers that testified before a congressional hearing Wednesday.

Insurers brace for high-cost Sovaldi
By Paul Demko and Virgil Dickson | May 03, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has become an $84,000 dilemma for private and public insurers, particularly Medicaid plans.



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