Health Plan Weekly

Insurers’ Underwriting Gains Jumped by 77% in 2020

Health plans enjoyed record results in 2020, according to a June 11 report from A.M. Best. The report concludes that the high earnings were driven by the pandemic-driven drop in health care utilization and bolstered...
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News Briefs

✦ HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on June 9 sent a letter to health insurers and providers warning them that COVID-19 vaccines and tests must be provided free of charge to patients. “In light of recent reports of c...
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As COVID-19 Recedes, What Are Next Steps for Telehealth?

Telemedicine utilization boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, filling some of the unprecedented gaps in care. But its greatly expanded use uncovered some areas where more investment is needed to encourage adoption, ...
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OneMedical-Iora Deal Follows Pandemic Primary Care Trends

National primary care provider OneMedical Group Inc., a startup with an annual subscription service and virtual care offerings, on June 7 announced it will purchase senior-focused provider Iora Health, Inc. for $2.1...
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UnitedHealth Puts ER Coverage Policy on Ice After Backlash

UnitedHealthcare — which recently followed in the footsteps of Anthem, Inc. by rolling out a policy that would retroactively deny certain emergency room visit claims — is now planning to hold off on implementing...
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News Briefs

✦ The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on June 1 that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) cannot create a managed care program as part of the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion — on the same day that ...
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Average Benchmark Plan Premium Slightly Drops, Insurer Participation Rises in 2021

The national average premium for the second-lowest-cost silver plan, or benchmark plan, sold through the Affordable Care Act exchanges is $443 per month for a 40-year-old nonsmoker in 2021, a 1.7% drop compared to 2...
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Report: Health Care Costs Dropped in 2020, Will Rebound

An annual report on the cost of health care prepared by Milliman, Inc. found that, for the first time in years, health care costs for the average American family fell in 2020. However, experts say that is unlikely t...
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