A different healthcare issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.
The health insurance industry has been abuzz the past few weeks with speculation that a big merger is near. Aetna, Anthem, Cigna Corp. and Humana have all been at its epicenter. But do the rumblings really predict a seismic deal?
IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.
Karen Ignagni, the longtime head of America's Health Insurance Plans, is leaving the industry's powerful lobbying group to become president and CEO of EmblemHealth, a financially troubled insurer based in New York.
The sophisticated cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and the record-breaking hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have a narrower impact if companies didn't retain customer data for so long, experts say.
Doctors are finding themselves in tense situations as they try to prescribe new hepatitis C drugs to patients eager for a cure while health plans limit coverage to manage the costs of the medications.
CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a not-for-profit insurer serving Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia, said Wednesday that it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack affecting 1.1 million individuals.
High deductibles are increasingly the reason U.S. households are underinsured and more likely to struggle with medical debt and unmet medical need, the Commonwealth Fund reports.
Aetna shareholders voted against a measure that would have required the health insurance giant to disclose political donations made to not-for-profit groups. The vote still signals that many investors at Aetna and other large companies want more transparency for political spending.
Triple-S Management Corp. CEO Ramón Ruiz-Comas will retire next January, ending a 13-year tenure as the top executive of Puerto Rico's Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plan. The company operates in a territory that is often excluded from the broader healthcare reform debate.
Pittsburgh's largest health system did not suffer greatly from its rancorous split last December from Highmark, the region's dominant health insurer. UPMC reported almost no change to patient revenue during the quarter that ended March 31 compared with the first three months of the prior year.