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June 17, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, a hard-hitting independent monthly newsletter on new products, market share, strategies, conversions, financing, profitability and strategic alliances of BC/BS plans. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)

Today's Featured Story

BCBSVT Downplays Reforms in Vermont’s New Single-Payer Law
Reprinted from The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans

The foundation is in place for Vermont’s bold foray into single-payer health care with the May 26 signature of Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on a bill setting the process in motion. But Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is downplaying the event, pointing out that the new measure doesn’t create a single-payer plan; rather, it orders “literally dozens of studies” of various aspects of such a program, with details and actual implementation years away .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Exchanges May End Employer-Based Coverage, but Change Could Take Decades

Last week, opponents of the health reform law pounced on a study that indicated 30% of employers are likely to drop insurance coverage in the years after state exchanges are operational. The survey results, they contend, prove that President Obama will be unable to keep his promise that most Americans will be able to keep the coverage they have if they like it ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“Through [health insurance exchanges], we anticipate an expanded, more diverse and more transient customer base with a new retail mindset.”

— Vik Mangalmurti, vice president of Highmark’s Office of Health Care Reform, told The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for The AIS Report subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

7,915 … was the increase in Medicare Advantage members that UnitedHealthGroup experienced in May, making United the biggest gainer for the month, according to CMS enrollment data.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

D.C. Chartered Health Plan Inc. named Maynard McAlpin CEO. He filled the vacancy left when CEO Gabriel Henna died in December 2010. McAlpin was managing director of enterprise strategy at Aetna Inc....The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) appointed Robert Udall Glazier deputy executive officer for external affairs. He replaces Patricia Macht, who is retiring at the end of the month. Glazier was deputy secretary of external affairs at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

University Physician Associates of New Jersey
Coding Compliance Analyst
Newark, N.J.

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