Jan. 10, 2011

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Today's Featured Story

Will Record Surpluses Among Not-for-Profit Blues Plans Trigger Price Wars in 2011?
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Record surpluses amassed by not-for-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans during the first nine months of 2010 could be used to price products more aggressively next year. And that could put pressure on competitors to hold down their rates or risk losing market share, according to one equities analyst. But other industry observers tell HPW that Blues plans are more likely to hold onto their surpluses due to increased regulatory scrutiny over rate hikes and the unknown financial impact of the health reform law .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“We understand the difficulties of finding offsets [in the federal budget] for the [Medicare] physician payment fix. However, it is an unfortunate combination that families making $50,000 will wind up underwriting the increased payments to physicians earning hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

— Ron Pollack, executive director of the advocacy group Families USA, told AIS’s Health Reform Week

Click here to read the AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

8.6 million…baby boomers (men and women between the ages of 50 and 64) were uninsured in 2009, an increase of 1.12 million from 2008, according to The Commonwealth Fund.



People on the Move

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans said that Jennifer Babcock has returned to serve as vice president for exchange policy and director of strategic operations. Babcock left ACAP to work at HHS's Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight....Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, named Young T. Kwon vice president of business development. Kwon was was senior director of business development at Biogen Idec.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Blue Shield of California
Title ACO Program Director -South – Accountable Care, Network Management
Location Woodland Hills, El Segundo, Costa Mesa or San Diego , Calif.

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