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✦ The U.S. Senate on March 18 narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general, as the new secretary of HHS, prompting a slew of statements from health care industry trade and interest gr...
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Insurers Roll Up Sleeves in Bid to Promote Vaccine Equity

With three coronavirus vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. and production and distribution continually ramping up, it’s now more important than ever for stakeholders across the health care system to get involv...
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Blues’ Earnings Releases Stress Member, Provider Support

Although health insurers typically try to emphasize the strength of their financial performance when issuing quarterly and annual earnings reports, the COVID-19 pandemic’s largely positive effect on managed care m...
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eHealth Forms Bipartisan Panel to Solve Health Policy Problems

A private online health insurance marketplace for individual market, small group and Medicare Advantage policies, eHealth, has formed a high-powered advisory panel with a bipartisan group of former governors, federa...
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News Briefs

✦ Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) revealed in a March 11 press release that the state is suing Centene Corp. “for an elaborate scheme to maximize company profits at the expense of the Ohio Department of Medi...
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Cigna’s MDLive Deal Arrives in Telehealth’s Big Moment

Health insurers have begun to consolidate their position in the telehealth market, as indicated by a recent move by Cigna Corp. to acquire MDLive Inc. Meanwhile, lawmakers are beginning to consider the future of tel...
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Oscar Becomes Latest Startup to Draw Scrutiny After IPO

Oscar Health Inc., the perennially buzzy startup health insurer, saw its shares slide almost 11% during its first day as a publicly traded company on March 3. But Oscar’s underwhelming debut doesn’t come as a su...
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Practical Barriers Obstruct Patient Price Shopping

Patients are likely to follow referrals made by their physicians even if they have sufficient information to make a choice between providers based on price, according to a new study by published in the Journal of He...
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Research Revives Debate on Regulated Private-Plan Rates

Two new analyses from prominent health care research groups argue that huge savings could be realized if private insurers paid providers at roughly the same rate as Medicare does. However, industry experts point out...
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MCO Stock Performance, February 2021

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