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Praluent is not like Sovaldi

David Williams

A few reasons why the want-to-be cholesterol blockbuster Praluent will not be as much of a “budget buster” as the medicine that cures most hepatitis C patients.


The less you know about health insurance, the harder it is to choose the right plan

Mary Politi, Washington University

Picking the right insurance plans for your budget and health needs is challenging. Weighing monthly premiums and co-pays against yearly deductibles and comparing the benefits different plans offer can make your head spin, especially if you are newly insured.

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The Obama Administration recruited Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman to the game of selling the Affordable Care Act.
 

President Obama acknowledges the technical issues with HealthCare.gov, pledging his Administration will resolve them soon and asserting that the distressed web portal is not the only way to shop for affordable health insurance available through the ACA.

 

Three years after launching a 750-patient Medicare Advantage collaborative care pilot, Portland, Maine-based independent physician practice NovaHealth and insurer Aetna have shown concrete results in improving care quality and reducing costs. Technology and provider-payer cooperation played a large part in the program's success.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Rhode Island are contracting with a Medicare-Medicaid plan to provide integrated benefits to approximately 30,000 eligible enrollees.

When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his health plan he was enraged by what he encountered, a part of critics see as medical necessity's "last hurrah."

Billions of dollars have been spent on 90 deals over the past decade. See which five companies are responsible.

Pat Hemingway Hall, one of the most successful female executives in the health insurance industry, is leaving behind a giant nonprofit company that is still evolving.

Assurant is advancing plans to wind down its once-profitable health insurance business, though apparently has not found a buyer for it.

Like most mergers and acquisitions, the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals will need a fair amount of cultural alignment to yield the market complementaries and business synergies being promised amid the record-breaking valuations.

Another ACA-funded co-op is going under, dissolving rather than confront an "unhealthy future." Many of the others are also struggling to stay in the black.

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