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February 1, 2017

Headlines in the News

Here's What to Expect From Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, Humana Earnings
The Street, Jan. 31, 2017

Aetna Profit Slides on Restructuring Costs
MarketWatch, Jan. 31, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Faces $2.5M-Plus in Penalties for Medi-Cal Data Shortfall
Modern Healthcare, Jan. 30, 2017


Today's AIS Health Datapoint

55% ... of Medicare eligible individuals living in Minnesota are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, making this the state with the highest penetration of managed Medicare in 2016.

From AIS's MEDICARE AND MEDICAID MARKET DATA

  PBMI

Quote of the Day

“We are still covering the brand. But generic substitution is something we try to encourage….It’s primarily access. We want to make products accessible. Unfortunately the pricing for patients is very confusing to the consumer. It’s very confusing to the seasoned managed care professional.”

— Michael White, Pharm.D., director of clinical pharmacy at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, tells The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans* about his company’s policy toward covering epinephrine auto-injectors like EpiPen.

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS* article in which this quote appeared — "Payers See Relief on Epinephrine" (Free for THE AIS REPORT subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

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