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April 5, 2017

Headlines in the News

Iowa Blue Cross ending Wellmark plans
Omaha World-Herald, April 4, 2017

Court will let UnitedHealth sue CMS over Medicare Advantage rule
Fierce Healthcare, April 3, 2017

Walgreens And Blue Cross-Owned PBM Launch New Company
Forbes, April 3, 2017


Today's AIS Health Datapoint

1,052,542 ... is the number of members enrolled in Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.'s Medicare Advantage (MA) plan in California, the leading MA state, in 2016. Kaiser scooped up 44.26% of the state's total 2,377,887 enrollees.

From AIS's MEDICARE AND MEDICAID MARKET DATA

  AIS's Medicare and Medicaid Market Data: 2016 is available for immediate delivery

Quote of the Day

“What hospitals don’t get paid by virtue of servicing patients without insurance has the potential to percolate over to employer costs due to cost shifting by hospitals” to commercial business.

— Julie Stone, a national health care practice leader at Willis Towers Watson, tells Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "Individual Market and Uninsured Will Affect Employer Coverage" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

 

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