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January 25, 2017

Headlines in the News

Aetna, Humana Assess Merger Options After Court Setback
USA Today, Jan. 24, 2017

Ruling in Aetna-Humana Case Leaves Wellcare Ripe for Acquisition
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Jan. 24, 2017

Cigna Settlement Reverses Insurer's Psych Test Policy
Plattsburgh Press Republican, Jan. 23, 2017

From the AIS Blogs

Can HSAs Replace Exchanges as Subsidy Vehicle?

On Dec. 31, I ended my first year with a health savings account (HSA). While my premiums plummeted when I switched from an HMO to a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), nearly all of that premium savings was used for unexpected medical expenses, including back-to-back ER visits for my overly active and underly cautious nine-year-old. I begin my second year with a zero balance, but with cautious optimism that I won’t completely drain it this year.... Read more

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

32% ... of Medicare eligibles are enrolled in a managed Medicare plan in 2016, while 68% are served by traditional fee-for-service Medicare.



Quote of the Day

“In this election cycle, all of a sudden HSAs are the next hot thing that will solve all of the problems with health care. There is a lot of excitement in the marketplace right now, but I’d certainly be cautious. While the environment looks conducive for additional HSA growth, the opportunity will take time to play out over several health insurance renewal cycles.”

— Eric Remjeske, president and co-founder of investment advisory firm Devenir Group, LLC, tells Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "ACA Replacement Will Likely Feature HSA Expansion, but Impact Will Be Modest" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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