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California ACA rates to rise almost 9% next year

California ACA rates to rise almost 9% next year

By Shelby Livingston  |  July 19, 2018

The 1.4 million Californians who buy coverage on the state's individual insurance exchange will pay more in 2019 in part because the federal government zeroed out the federal penalty for not enrolling in coverage.

CFO Roundtable: What keeps CFOs up at night? Rising labor costs, for starters

CFO Roundtable: What keeps CFOs up at night? Rising labor costs, for starters

By Tara Bannow  |  July 07, 2018

It's no surprise that labor costs are top of mind for chief financial officers. But with historically low unemployment numbers, that budget line item looms even larger as organizations try to figure out new strategies to not just recruit, but, more importantly, retain workers.

Why for-profit insurers are scoping out Minnesota

Why for-profit insurers are scoping out Minnesota

By Shelby Livingston  |  July 06, 2018

To some, the influx of more for-profit plans in Minnesota adds welcome competition to an already competitive market. But others are wary and cautiously watching to see if the profit motive will endanger patients.

AHIP 2018 discussion dominated by social determinants of health

AHIP 2018 discussion dominated by social determinants of health

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 22, 2018

AHIP's focus on issues like food, housing and transportation—factors experts say have a profound impact on a patient's health—showed insurers are beginning to pay attention to what happens outside of the hospital, even if returns are still hard to measure.

Insurers downplay mandate repeal's effect, but still raise premiums

Insurers downplay mandate repeal's effect, but still raise premiums

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 05, 2018

Some health insurers have said they don't expect many members to drop coverage once the individual mandate penalty is zeroed out. But they still may raise 2019 premiums because of effects on the ACA's risk-adjustment program.

Ups and downs of insurer-physician consolidation

Ups and downs of insurer-physician consolidation

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 02, 2018

Health insurers have been buying physician practices for decades. The Affordable Care Act was expected to prompt a surge of such purchases. While that never fully materialized, some pretty significant deals emerged.

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