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Effective July 1, 2021, Humana Inc. will become the fifth Medicaid managed care organization to contract with South Carolina, the insurer said on Jan. 27. Centene Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, SelectHealth and UnitedHealthcare are the state’s four other MCOs, Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe pointed out in a research note. Starting on Jan. 1, 2022, Humana will also begin enrolling new Healthy Connections Prime members, a new “expanded option for South Carolinians who have both Medicare and Medicaid, operating under a joint demonstration contract between the state and the federal government.” Read more at https://bit.ly/3t8BnUq.

During the Trump administration, federal spending on consumer assistance and marketing for the Affordable Care Act exchanges dropped while revenue from exchange user fees held steady. The result, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation, is that “it appears that more than $1 billion in unspent federal user fee revenue has accumulated and could be used to invest in changes that would make it easier for consumers to enroll in health coverage.” Read more at https://bit.ly/3oAVLuh.

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