UnitedHealth Group's second-quarter earnings soared as the nation's largest insurer dove deeper into government-funded health coverage like Medicare and Medicaid and continued to distance itself from the turbulent Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.The insurer also said Tuesday that it drew $1.52 billion in operating earnings from its rapidly growing Optum business, which doesn't sell health insurance.
State regulators and insurers are in the homestretch of preparing rates for 2018. The federal government's month-by-month approach, however, to cost-sharing reduction payments creates a risky situation for payers, providers and consumers.
A federal judge blocked the proposed $54 billion tie-up between national insurers Anthem and Cigna late Wednesday, saying the combination would harm competition in the national employer market.
After Oregon expanded its Medicaid program in 2014, cardiac arrests significantly dropped among newly covered residents in one county, according to a new study.
While some health insurers are bailing on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, other are swooping in to take the business they leave behind.
Shareholders allege that national health insurer Aetna's decision to exit exchanges in 11 states in 2017 under false pretenses hurt their investment and the company's bottom line.