January 9, 2017

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: With this issue, we’ve streamlined AIS’s Health Business Daily to better provide information to you throughout the week. The newsletter will continue to be delivered each morning, with strategic business stories from AIS Health’s experienced reporters … as well as other information of interest to health care business leaders — including news from the nation’s leading health insurers, developments from the federal and state governments that impact the health care industry, and exclusive datapoints from AISHealthData.com. We hope you enjoy the new format!

Today's Featured Story    

MA Shoppers Were Busy This AEP, But May Have Delayed Selections

In a preliminary look at the outcome of the recently concluded Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period (AEP), observations gathered from marketing experts indicate that shopping among MA and Part D consumers was active but that enrollees were slow to pull the trigger on narrowing down a plan. This could have been due to a variety of factors, from overall concerns about the cost and complexity of benefits to “noise” surrounding the Nov. 8 presidential election.... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$1,000 ... is the highest in-network retail copay required for the specialty Rx tier for 2017 plans on individual exchanges. It is offered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia’s bronze-level My Connect Blue PPO plan on the West Virginia individual exchange. $71.05 is the average in-network retail copay at the specialty Rx tier for 2017 plans offered on individual exchanges nationwide.



People on the Move

Families USA named Frederick Appel Isasi executive director. He succeeds Ron Pollack, who said last May that he would retire in early 2017. Isasi now is the health division director at the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices…. Henry Ford Health System promoted Wright Lassiter, III, to president and CEO. He has served as system president since December 2014, and succeeds Nancy Schlichting, who retired at the end of 2016….CNA promoted Chris Heckman to vice president, hospitals and captives in the company's health care unit. Heckman joined CNA in 2012 as an underwriting consulting director, and most recently served as assistant vice president, industry leader for hospitals.


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