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February 15, 2017

Headlines in the News

Anthem files appeal to reverse court's blocking of $54B Cigna merger
Healthcare Dive, Feb. 13, 2017

California Regulator Slams Health Insurers Over Faulty Doctor Lists
Bonner County Daily Bee, Feb. 13, 2017

Next Move Plotting Begins for Companies as Health Insurance Mergers Halted by Judges
Highland Mirror, Feb. 13, 2017

World Congress

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

76% ... of silver-level plans offered on individual public exchanges for 2017 require a copay to visit an in-network primary care physician. The average copay requirement is $27.


Quote of the Day

“Many of the provisions are things that the agency had previously signaled that they were going to do, are a continuation of things they were already doing or are a pause on transitions. I think in broad strokes there are things that are of interest and significant but from a policy standpoint the document doesn’t have the same level of major new policy proposals” that CMS has included in past years.

— Ankur Goel, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm McDermott Will & Emery, told Medicare Advantage News about the 2018 Advance Notice and draft Call Letter for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans.

Click here to read the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "CMS Takes Measured Approach in 2018 ‘60-Day’ Notice and Draft Call Letter" (Free for MAN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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