For big insurers, a legal blow to federal subsidies may be glancing

By Bob Herman  |  December 11, 2014

Publicly traded insurers may not feel too much financial pain in the short term if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare premium subsidies offered through the federal exchange and Congress doesn't act to restore the financial assistance, analysts say.

Health insurers hunt for dual-eligibles

Health insurers hunt for dual-eligibles

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 26, 2014

Bad contact and demographic information for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is complicating demonstration programs intended to coordinate and improve the quality of their care, according to insurers participating in the program.

Obamacare meeting goal of extending coverage to more Americans, new report says

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2014

About 10.3 million nonelderly adults who previously had no health insurance have since gained some form of coverage, either through Medicaid or the exchanges, since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's inaugural open-enrollment period last year, a new government report shows.

Cigna posts better-than-expected Q3

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Although Cigna Corp.'s third-quarter profit dropped from the same period in 2013, the health insurer still beat analysts' predictions on its adjusted earnings per share.

Rising Medicaid enrollment boosts Centene's profit, revenue

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2014

Centene Corp. registered sizable top- and bottom-line growth in the third quarter. The managed-care company is benefiting directly from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and executives believe profitability will remain high through the rest of this year and beyond.

Expectations high for health insurers' Q3 results, thanks to ACA

By Bob Herman  |  October 27, 2014

Upcoming third-quarter earnings reports for many of the nation's publicly traded health insurers will offer a further glimpse into how many patients are seeing providers and how the new public exchanges are affecting business strategies. Financially, expect higher earnings for the group, analysts...

Illinois health system signs $1.8 billion CountyCare contract

By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business  |  May 13, 2014

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System signed a five-year, $1.8 billion deal with a division of St. Louis-based Centene Corp. to administer CountyCare, its managed-care program for people on Medicaid.

Late News: Corizon loses Minn. prison contract to Centurion

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 19, 2013

Corizon, the country's largest private prison healthcare provider, lost a bid to renew its contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections that it had held for the past 15 years. Starting in January, Centurion Managed Care, part of St. Louis-based Centene Corp., will take over the two-year,...

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