2020 Year in Review: In Hindsight, It Was a Time Like No Other for Payers

For the health insurance industry — alongside the rest of the health care sector, and even the world — the COVID-19 pandemic was undeniably the event that dominated 2020. However, other issues also captured headlines and had major implications for the sector, including the U.S. election, various court cases, a slew of regulatory moves from the Trump administration, and some notable transactions.

“The outcome of the presidential election was certainly the biggest environmental change that we have seen,” says Dan Mendelson, founder of consulting firm Avalere Health.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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