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✦ Recognizing that many people — especially seniors — haven’t been comfortable leaving home for routine health care services, Humana Inc. said on July 23 that it’s planning to mail more than 1 million in-h...
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Privacy Rule Change Could Improve SUD Care Coordination

Stakeholders across the health care industry praised recently finalized revisions to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 42 CFR Part 2 rule. The changes loosen disclosure and privacy re...
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New Research Highlights Need for More Education About HSAs

In recent years, high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) — now common in both employer-sponsored and individual markets — have faced increasing scrutiny as evidence emerges that they may not actually cause people t...
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Insurers Launch Management Programs for Chronic Conditions

Both UnitedHealthcare and Humana Inc. are rolling out new disease-specific care management programs aimed at providing patients with the tools they need to help control their chronic conditions. The programs — ...
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D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Short-Term Plan Rule

A Trump administration rule expanding the availability of short-term, limited duration (STLD) health insurance plans will continue after an appeals court panel ruled 2-1 against a suit brought by the Association for...
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ACA Risk Adjustment Transfers Total More Than $10B

Risk adjustment transfers reached $10.8 billion in the Affordable Care Act program for the 2019 benefit year, with the individual market accounting for about $7.98 billion, according to CMS. Among the 561 issuers th...
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News Briefs

✦ As of March 15, 10.7 million people had effectuated coverage in the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to new data released by CMS on July 23. Total effectuated enrollment — encompassing people who selec...
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Execs Explain How Plans Can Better Serve LGBTQ+ Members

In June, when the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that transgender people are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in matters of employment, it was just the latest of a decade-long wav...
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UnitedHealth Stresses Boost From Deferred Care Won’t Last

With COVID-19 cases and deaths surging in some U.S. states, it has become clear that the nation won’t be back to normal anytime soon. Still, the country’s largest health insurer is betting that health care utili...
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AHIP Takes Issue With Price Transparency Asks in CMS Inpatient Payment Rule

In a July 10 letter, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) criticized a Trump administration proposal that would effectively require hospitals to reveal median rates they negotiate with Medicare Advantage insure...
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