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Cigna Corp. on Sept. 23 unveiled several shifts in its top executives’ roles. Eric Palmer will become the president and CEO of the company’s Evernorth health services division, and Paul Sanford will occupy the newly created role of executive vice president of operations, the company said. In addition, Noelle Eder, the company’s executive vice president and global chief information officer, will expand her role to oversee “global data, analytics and automation,” while Everett Neville will take on an expanded leadership role as executive vice president of strategy, corporate development and solutions. Meanwhile, current Evernorth CEO Tim Wentworth, Cigna President of Government and Solutions Matt Manders, and Cigna Chief Clinical Officer Steve Miller, M.D., will retire.

HHS and the Treasury Dept. on Sept. 17 issued a final rule cementing the administration’s plans to lengthen the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period and add a new special enrollment period (SEP), among other provisions. The annual enrollment period will now have an extra 30 days — spanning from Nov. 1, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022 — and the SEP will be available monthly for certain low-income individuals, HHS said. Both changes were opposed by health insurers, which submitted comments to the administration expressing concerns about potential adverse selection. The final rule also reversed select Trump-era policies, including those that allowed states to transition away from HealthCare.gov and required insurers to send consumers a separate bill for abortion services.

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