Blue Cross and Blue Shield's clout in Washington was in evidence last week as Congress passed a massive spending bill to keep the government operating into next year. One of the last pages of the bill also included a line about the “modification of treatment of certain health organizations.” The wonky text essentially provided a break for BCBS plans, although they are not mentioned by name.
Florida intends to liquidate the assets of a Medicare Advantage insurer by the first of the year, ending the company's short and troubled history.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing a case that could have implications for self-funded insurers nationwide and as many as 16 states that have passed laws creating healthcare data collection programs.
Carolinas HealthCare System more than doubled its operating surplus for the first nine months of the year as it increased its market share, saw an improved payer mix and slowed the growth of labor costs.
Even though teeth and gums are just as much a part of the human body as kidneys, they are covered very differently by the American health insurance system.
The CMS has awarded $187 million to five states in the agency's final round of grants for development of state-based exchanges. The bulk of that money, nearly $100 million, is going to Arkansas, the only state that is actively working to establish its own marketplace.