Health insurer Humana, Louisville, Ky., is reportedly working with an investment bank to explore a sale. Humana, one of the largest Medicare Advantage insurers in the country, has been a rumored takeover target for more than a year.
Pittsburgh-based UPMC must continue to provide in-network services to members of Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans per the terms of an earlier agreement signed by the two feuding organizations, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Friday.
Smokers were significantly more likely to abstain for at least six months if they risked losing a $150 deposit. But few people were willing to put down the deposit in the first place, suggesting the strategy might be less valuable than ones that are otherwise less effective.
The number of people who were uninsured for at least part of last year dropped to a low not seen in decades. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed the insurance landscape in the first nine months of 2014, only 11.9% of respondents said they were uninsured.
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.
A Republican-appointed judge's comments Thursday suggest that it's possible the administration will have to fight a new high-stakes court battle to save another key affordable coverage feature of the law.