✦ Humana Inc. on Dec. 3 unveiled that it will acquire the remaining 50% of iCare, a Wisconsin-based Medicaid plan that it already owned in part. iCare, which Humana previously co-owned with Centers for Independence, Inc., “currently serves 44,000 members through Wisconsin’s Medicaid SSI program, BadgerCare program, and Medicare D-SNP plans for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid,” according to a press release. The move will allow Humana to offer Medicare D-SNP plans in Wisconsin and increase the company’s overall Medicaid membership to more than 730,000 across four states: Florida, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Visit https://bit.ly/2JBjE6j.
✦ America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association sent a letter to lawmakers on Dec. 3 in an effort “to urge bipartisan action for COVID-19 relief in the final weeks of the 116th Congress.” Among other legislative priorities, the insurer groups call for “eliminating price gouging by setting a reasonable market-based pricing benchmark for [COVID-19] tests administered out of network,” and “providing temporary funding for the full cost of COBRA premiums for Americans who lose their job or are furloughed.” Read the letter to congressional leaders at https://bit.ly/39Np3lg.