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Tax tribulations: ACA complicates filing for many

This tax season, for the first time since the health law passed five years ago, consumers are facing its financial consequences. The worst may be yet to come. Read more »

Problems, potential of self-funding draw would-be disruptors

Silicon Valley is coming for the employer sponsored health insurance business, trying to raise the bar on group health benefits and "democratize" self-funding. Read more »

Vermont weary of troubled exchange

The state that put itself on the vanguard of health reform only to struggle under the weight of its own ambition is now has an ultimatum for fixing its public insurance exchange. Read more »

Humana flips Concentra for $1 billion

The retail health chain that could have helped reprise Humana's historic roots turned out to be a good lesson in the evolving convenient healthcare space, plus it brought a tidy profit. Read more »

State punts on fixing high state employee health costs

Amid a ballooning deficit, policymakers in Delaware are scrapping a proposal to introduce more cost sharing for state employees, a decision that may come back to bite when the Cadillac Tax arrives. Read more »

In crowded HIX, co-op nabs market share and solvency concerns

Another cooperative insurer is boasting about low premiums attracting droves of new exchange members, raising questions about long-term viability in the wake of CoOportunity's liquidation. Read more »

Highmark turns to at-home tests in prevention effort

Highmark is expanding a low-cost approach to colon cancer screening that could help increase early detection while also avoiding the discomfort of invasive scoping and high treatment costs. Read more »

State regulators hold Excellus, others to new mental health standards

Insurers in New York are agreeing to reform their policies for behavioral healthcare treatment and rehabilitation coverage, after an "unprecedented enforcement effort of mental health parity laws." Read more »

Hacking the Blues, again

It's turning out to be a problematic year for health insurance IT management. Another Blue Cross insurer company has been hacked, and this time it seems that subscriber medical information was exposed. Read more »

Could Blue Shield of California become a tax-paying for-profit?

Facing scrutiny over executive compensation, reserves and premiums, California's third largest insurer is under pressure to justify its state tax exemption, and state finance authorities wants to start collecting. Read more »

Health plan customer experience as bad as cable?

In a new customer experience survey, health insurers are just above the bottom, perhaps in part because the nature of the service and the industry's legacy. But some still came ahead with positive reviews. Read more »

ACA chips away at uninsured, 16M covered

A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month, a "historic" reduction in the number of uninsured. Read more »

UHG could lead new controls on hysterectomies

The nation's largest insurer may be setting a precedent with restrictions on a risky, though recently popular approach to the most common gynecological surgical procedure. Read more »

Health plan apps: Serving multilingual consumers

Following the nation's changing demographics at the local level in some major markets, Humana is making a small investment in more convenient service for Hispanic and Latino members. Read more »

States phasing out grandmothered plans

Some state health insurance markets are in for another exodus of pre-health reform plans, as regulators pursue stability on and off the public exchanges. Read more »

Cambia sounds clarion call for entrepreneurism, sustainability

Despite a proliferation of digital health companies, payers, providers and patients have many unmet needs. The Pacific Northwest's oldest insurer is trying to help find new ideas, outside the industry. Read more »

Massachusetts Blues try to go all in for FFS alternative

With two-thirds of Massachusetts healthcare still paid via fee-for-service, the state's largest insurer wants to ply its HMO-grown variety of accountable care in PPOs. It's sure to challenge providers. Read more »

Consumers getting more credit flexibility on medical debt

Too many consumers have learned the hard way that their credit rating can be tarnished by medical bills they may not owe or when disputes delay insurer payment. Read more »

Layoffs, losses at eHealth

The company that defined health insurance e-commerce is struggling in the new market, despite an attempt to sell subsidized health plans, and is now looking to Medicare. Read more »

Push for pregnancy as qualifying event raises incentives questions

The Department of Health and Human Services is being urged to add another qualifying event to the list of ways people can buy an exchange plan in a "special enrollment period." Read more »

New drugs, pharma biz models driving $500B spending wave

Health insurers and American consumers might be spending more than ever for prescription drugs, but there are also more choices and more information to find value in a sea of volume. Read more »

Capital Blue Cross brings in ACO benefits

Pennsylvania's smaller Blue-licensed insurer is boasting of some notable results in its accountable care arrangements and is looking to bring similar contracts to small primary care practices. Read more »

Marketplace that never was, Cover Oregon closes

After $300 million, thousands of hours of labor and a few lost government careers, one of the biggest disappointments in progressive health policy has reached the end of the road. Read more »

Anthem refuses full security audits, feds say

The nation's second largest insurer is taking some flak for declining a second opinion on its information technology security. Read more »

HIX, MA plans must update directories

Starting next year, health insurers have to give Americans in Medicare Advantage plans and federal exchange policies up-to-date details about which doctors are in their plans and taking new patients. Read more »

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