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✦ The U.S. Senate on March 25 passed a $2 trillion stimulus package aiming to lessen the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans and businesses — including the health care industry. America’s Healt...
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Virus-Fueled Recession May Drive More to ACA Plans, Medicaid

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaping up to be a stress-test for the post-Affordable Care Act insurance market, which has not yet faced a recession. The crisis has already caused mass layoffs, especially in the restauran...
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With Closed Network, UnitedHealth Goes ‘Back to the Future’

UnitedHealthcare is testing a new product in southern California using a closed network that relies on the company’s own OptumCare medical group. The product, which the insurer first rolled out in mid-2019, boasts...
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Spread of COVID-19 Sparks Worry About Treatment Costs

Though many health insurers have removed cost barriers related to testing patients for the new coronavirus that’s sweeping the globe (HPW 3/16/20, p. 1), they largely haven’t pledged to waive out-of-pocket costs...
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Are Short-Term Plans Bad for Consumers, Individual Market?

A new report prepared for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by actuarial firm Milliman Inc. concludes that short-term limited-duration (STLD) health plans expose enrollees to substantial financial risk, and that wid...
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Increasingly Consolidated Markets May Hurt Consumers, Studies Show

Consolidation in commercial health insurance markets is not slowing down, according to the 2019 edition of an annual report from the American Medical Association, which found that the share of markets that are highl...
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News Briefs

✦ America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on March 19 outlining various legislative proposals to “protect Americans...
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Insurers, Gov’t Officials Mobilize to Ease Coronavirus Costs

As the new coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, the U.S. federal government, states and private health insurers have responded with a flurry of actions aimed at lowering cost barriers that could dis...
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MACPAC: Value-Based Care Faces Challenges in Medicaid

Medicaid managed care organizations and states that are working to implement value-based payment within Medicaid must overcome challenges posed by provider consolidation and limited state resources, researchers from...
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Individual Exchanges Are Likely To Remain Stable in 2020

Individual marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have seen premiums stabilize, according to an analysis of 2020 open enrollment data performed by McKinsey & Co Inc. Health exchange experts tell AIS He...
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