Modern Healthcare Staff
Nona Tepper covers health insurance for Modern Healthcare in Chicago. She previously worked at Built In, Growing Community Media and Crain's Chicago Business. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, VICE and elsewhere. In 2018, the Illinois Press Association awarded her second- and third-place in her division for innovative use of FOIA in her reporting. Nona earned her bachelor's degree in journalism in 2012 from Indiana University, and her master's in journalism in 2017 from Northwestern University.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has dropped a rule that limited the amount of revenue its 35 member plans could generate from non-Blues-related businesses. Experts question if the change will promote competition across the brand.
A new national focus on racial disparities in maternal care has led a number of insurers to unveil programs aimed at bridging these gaps, with many focused on increasing access for Medicaid enrollees and adding benefits that address the social determinants of health.
CMS significantly changed how Affordable Care Act exchanges will run next year, intending to lower out-of-pocket costs for Obamacare customers, streamline enrollees' user experience and update how insurers are paid for the risks they take on their members.