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December 19, 2016

Today's Featured Story

As Deadline Nears to Ensure Jan. 1 Start, SBEs Expect Surge
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Four weeks after the open-enrollment season kicked off Nov. 1, HealthCare.gov says more than 2.1 million people — including more than 500,000 new customers — had selected health plans through the federal exchange platform. While HealthCare.gov said it ended November with 97,000 more signups than at the same point last year, this year’s figures include 20,000 sign-ups from Kentucky, which last year operated its own state-based exchange (SBE).... Read Full Story

 

Quote of the Day

“This is where the food fight across states begins. If you are an expansion state getting these additional federal dollars, can you count on those dollars in your base allocation?”

— Deborah Bachrach, a former New York Medicaid director who now is a partner in the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, tells Health Plan Week about the impact of Medicaid block grants on states that expanded eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "Medicaid Block Grants: Boom, Then Bust?" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

 

Today's Datapoint

266 ... members is the average size of a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) plan. There are 33,244 people enrolled in PACE plans nationwide.

From AIS's MEDICARE AND MEDICAID MARKET DATA

 

Today from Washington

People on the Move

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota named Aaron Friedkin, M.D., medical director for key accounts. He most recently served as vice president of operations and business development at Imaging Advantage. The Minnesota Blues plan also named Dan Trajano, M.D., senior medical director for the STARS and Risk Adjustment Center of Excellence. Trajano most recently served as vice president and executive medical director of population health at HealthEast Care System....Sovereign Health named Ali S. Zadeh, M.D., executive director of acute care. Zadeh previously was the CEO at Kindred Hospital Cleveland Gateway....Arthrosurface appointed Joe Darling executive chairman. He most recently was chief operating officer at Interventional Spine, Inc. 

 

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