Why the healthcare industry shouldn't panic about UnitedHealth's ACA alarm

Why the healthcare industry shouldn't panic about UnitedHealth's ACA alarm

By Bob Herman  |  November 20, 2015

Even if UnitedHealth Group does bail, it's by no means certain that other insurers—many of which are more heavily invested in the exchanges—would immediately follow. And some analysts say UnitedHealth's announcement was mostly about putting pressure on the Obama administration.

CMS admits bad dual-eligible math

CMS admits bad dual-eligible math

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 07, 2015

Health plans have complained for years that the CMS doesn't treat them fairly if they enroll large numbers of low-income people with complex medical needs. It looks as if they have been heard and may see the changes they want.

Centene's behemoth Medicaid business continues to swell

By Bob Herman  |  October 27, 2015

Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported large increases in profit and revenue in the third quarter, yet another period of significant growth for the St. Louis-based Medicaid managed-care insurer.

Anthem, UnitedHealthcare among winners of Iowa Medicaid contracts

By Bob Herman  |  August 17, 2015

Iowa has awarded Medicaid managed-care contracts to AmeriHealth Caritas, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans, a move that will funnel the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into the hands of private insurers.

Finalists chosen for Marketing IMPACT Awards

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Modern Healthcare and sister publication Advertising Age are proud to announce the finalists in the second annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards competition.

Centene's finances boom as it works toward Health Net takeover

By Bob Herman  |  July 28, 2015

Profit and revenue at Centene Corp. rapidly ascended in the second quarter, a trend that has defined the St. Louis-based health insurer for the past two years. The company's pending acquisition of Health Net has it primed for even larger growth.

M&A Watch Q2: Pay parity draws investors to behavioral health

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 18, 2015

Investors now have a heightened interest in behavioral health after new laws have gone into effect giving treatment for mental disorders payment parity with physical illnesses. Insurers and government payers also are beginning to see treatment of behavioral health disorders as a wise investment.

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 11, 2015

Federal antitrust reviewers will likely look market to market in deciding whether to approve the proposed Aetna-Humana merger and other looming health insurance industry tie-up deals, experts say.

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