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April 19, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS’s Health Reform Week, the nation’s leading publication on the business implications of the massive changes for the health industry mandated by reform.

Today's Featured Story

Vt. Moves Toward Single-Payer System With Bill Dependent on Waivers in Reform Law
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

The Vermont House on March 24 passed a bill that could pave the way for a single-payer health care system. There is a host of reform-law-related issues in the bill that at least one major insurer in the state considers “unworkable” in the legislation’s current form. But even this insurer, MVP Health Care, concedes that the state Senate is likely to pass the measure — perhaps in a modified form — and says that Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), who ran on a single-payer platform, is expected to sign it into law .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Do Compliance Issues Surround the Use of Social Media to Market Medicare Plans?

With the increasing use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace) to market Part D and MA plans, sponsors need to make sure they steer clear of any compliance issues .... Read more


Quote of the Day

“Insurance regulation is mostly a 50-state patchwork, where each state has the right to regulate insurance within its borders. Now that the federal legislation has been signed into law, insurers now must get back to paying attention to what the states are doing.”

— Devon Herrick, Ph.D., a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, told AIS’s Health Plan Week.



Today's Datapoint

57% … of people who had insurance through a job they lost (about 9 million working-age adults) became uninsured in the last two years, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund.



FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

Massachusetts AG Hopes to Block Insurers' Board Pay

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says she'll file a bill that would allow her to block payment for board members of nonprofit health insurers. The move follows a public outcry over an $11 million pay package given to Blue Cross Blue Shield's CEO ... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move
AmeriHealth Mercy named Janine Kilty senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Timothy Cronin vice president of sourcing, and Frank Barresi vice president of information solutions. Kilty was chief human resources officer at Carestream Health, Inc.; Cronin was associate vice president of procurement at Universal American; and Barresi was assistant vice president for information delivery services at MassMutual Financial Group. The managed Medicaid plan also promoted Gale Pearce to chief marketing officer. Pearce was executive director of Indiana operations for AmeriHealth Mercy.

Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Catalyst Rx
Clinical Manager
Reno, Nev.

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