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Iowa opens Medicaid program to managed-care bidding

By Bob Herman  |  February 24, 2015

Two health insurers already operating in Iowa have indicated they will bid on Iowa's new proposal to outsource its $4.2 billion Medicaid program to managed-care companies. It's the latest state move to privatize the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

The health insurance stock boom

The health insurance stock boom

By Bob Herman  |  January 27, 2015

Investors in health insurance companies will surely celebrate the upcoming five-year anniversary of Obamacare, a law that aggressively restricts how insurers do business but nevertheless brought them huge gains in the stock market.

Insurers eyeing expansion through M&A in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  January 10, 2015

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.

Insurers will be dipping their toes in takeover waters in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  January 08, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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