Health Plan Weekly

Medicaid Enrollment Could Soar in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

More than 6.6 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims for the week that ended April 4, as many businesses were asked to shutter or adjust their operations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Und...
0 Comments

Experts: Pandemic Could Spark Higher Premiums, M&A

Many of the nation’s largest health insurers have now waived patient cost sharing and prior authorization requirements for treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Experts praise payers ...
0 Comments

Coronavirus Stimulus Bills Leave Health Insurers Wanting

Congress has now passed three separate bills to address the ever-worsening COVID-19 crisis in the U.S., spending trillions of dollars to lessen the economic impact and support the country’s overtaxed health care s...
0 Comments

Blues Plan’s Genomic Test Coverage May Start Trend

In a first-in-the-nation move, Blue Shield of California has agreed to cover rapid and ultra-rapid Whole Genome Sequencing for critically ill infants and children in intensive care who have unexplained medical condi...
0 Comments

Analysts Predict How COVID-19 Will Change Health Care

Besides all the other ways it’s changing American life, the COVID-19 pandemic is sure to have a major impact on how the health care industry does business going forward, equities analysts said during a March 31 pa...
0 Comments

Payers Waive Cost Sharing and Prior Authorization for COVID-19 Treatment

In an effort to help ease cost concerns for those infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, several health insurance companies have waived cost sharing requirements related to COVID-19 tre...
0 Comments

News Briefs

✦ During the 2020 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, approximately 11.4 million people selected or were automatically reenrolled in plans across all 50 states and the District o...
0 Comments

Facing Pandemic, Insurers May Benefit From Diversification

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to ramp up in the United States, projections about how it will affect various business sectors — including managed care — are evolving rapidly. But one concept that industry anal...
0 Comments

From Conference Room to Living Room: Insurers Go Remote

Like scores of other businesses across the country, a major part of health insurers’ response to the coronavirus outbreak has involved transitioning employees from working in an office to working remotely. However...
0 Comments