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June 14, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS's Health Plan Week, the industry's leading source of objective business, financial and regulatory news of the health insurance industry.

Today's Featured Story
Medical Costs Make Pet Owners Howl, But Are Pet Insurer Partnerships Paws-ible?
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Cutting-edge technology and medical procedures once available only to humans are allowing pets to live longer and healthier lives, but have pushed veterinarian bills higher. And the bigger vet bills have led to double-digit annual increases in the sale of pet insurance over the past several years. Although pet insurance as a voluntary benefit is becoming more common, Aetna Inc. appears to be the only health insurer to have forged a partnership with a pet insurance company .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Too Many Agents, Too Little Time?

An interesting dilemma has come up with regard to sales brokers/agents this upcoming Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). Due to the shortened marketing period and the revised AEP, many Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans are beefing up their agent/broker staffing. According to Bernie Lillis, executive vice president of business development for Insurance Dialogue, a health care business solution provider, 85% of enrollments will be done in the first seven weeks of the AEP. This leads to the issues of how to keep agents and brokers engaged through Dec. 7 and what to do with them at the end of the AEP, he told listeners at a recent webinar .... Read more


Quote of the Day

“I think as a country we’ve done a great job of documenting [health disparities for minority and low-income residents]. But at this rate, if we don’t do something about health disparities instead of just documenting it, the gap will continue to rise … and costs will be unsustainable.”

- Herbert Smitherman, Jr., M.D. assistant dean of community and urban health and associate professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, 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

$14 million … was earned in 2010 by Blue Shield of California’s 10 highest-paid executives, with CEO Bruce Bodaken leading the pack at $4.6 million, according to documents made public recently by the California Department of Insurance.



FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

Rate hikes would prompt public hearings in Connecticut

If insurers operating in Connecticut want to increase their premium rates, they might first have to submit to public hearings if Gov. Dannel Malloy signs legislation into law .... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. promoted Akshay K. Vaishnaw, M.D., to chief medical officer. Vaishnaw was senior vice president of clinical research….Genesys Health System in Flint, Mich., promoted Nancy Haywood to chief financial officer. Haywood was director of financial and strategic planning.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Confidential Managed Healthcare Services Company
Director, Internal Audit
Metro NY/NJ Area

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