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HealthCare.gov saps eHealth's online insurance business

By Bob Herman  |  April 24, 2015

Private health insurance exchange eHealth lost $2.1 million in the first quarter this year and has lost hundreds of thousands of individual exchange members in the past year, the company reported Friday.

Blue Cross eyes Medicare growth through private exchange

By Bob Herman  |  April 24, 2015

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association will build a private health insurance exchange in the hopes of retaining workers who age into the Medicare program, the not-for-profit health plan group said Friday.

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less common than feared

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less common than feared

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 22, 2015

Policy experts worried lower-income people would get bumped back and forth between Medicaid and exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. A Modern Healthcare survey of exchanges and insurers suggests such disruption has been minimal.

California insurance chief rips Anthem's premium hikes

California insurance chief rips Anthem's premium hikes

By Bob Herman  |  April 22, 2015

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones laid into Anthem Blue Cross of California on Wednesday, calling the health insurer's 8.7% rate increase this year on individual plans “unjustified and unreasonable.”

Affordable Care Act approval rising slowly

By Paul Demko  |  April 21, 2015

For the first time in nearly three years, more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove of it, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The difference between the opposing views was small and statistically insignificant. But the trend lines seem to...

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

By Bob Herman  |  April 21, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is donning a new hat on Capitol Hill. The Pennsylvania Democrat will head the Better Medicare Alliance, a young lobbying organization funded by health insurers, providers and business groups.

Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

By Associated Press  |  April 17, 2015

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

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