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February 13, 2017

Today's Featured Story

Senate Replacement Proposal Would Let States Keep Obamacare
Reprinted from HEALTH PLAN WEEK

In an effort to appease their Democratic counterparts — and woo at least eight of them across the aisle — a pair of Senate Republicans have proposed an Affordable Care Act replacement that would give states the option of keeping the ACA intact. States also could opt to cover their uninsured population with a federally funded health savings account (HSA) combined with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). But industry observers say there are flaws within the proposal. Moreover, some key elements already are allowed under the ACA through 1332 waivers or 1115 Medicaid waivers.... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

42.81% ... was the percentage increase in medical membership for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware from 2015 to 2016, representing 139,540 members gained.

From THE AIS GUIDE TO BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)


People on the Move

BeWellnm, the New Mexico public health insurance exchange, appointed Cheryl Smith Gardner CEO. She now is executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. She succeeds interim CEO Linda Wedeen….NxStage Medical, Inc. named Allan Collins, M.D., chief medical officer. Collins already serves as chair of the company's scientific advisory board. He is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and director of the Chronic Research Disease Group…. Texas Biomedical Research Institute appointed Larry Schlesinger, M.D., president and CEO. He is now chair of the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity and director of the Center for Microbial Interface Biology at Ohio State University.


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