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May 17, 2017

Headlines in the News

UnitedHealth will close Harken Health, its gamble on primary care
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, May 16, 2017

CMS Announces Plans To Effectively End The SHOP Exchange
Health Affairs, May 15, 2017

Optum to snap up Mass. physician group
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, May 15, 2017

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

More than 2.7 million ... was the total enrollment of all Dual programs nationwide as of April 2017. Among all Dual plans, the highest enrollment is 78,640 from Medicare y Mucho Mas – Diamante Choice (HMO SNP) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


  Check out a demo of AIS Health's Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Database

Quote of the Day

“I think while it’s been sort of a chaotic earnings season, it hasn’t been because results have been bad. It’s felt crazed because of uncertainty over health reform, [the court’s recent ruling on] the Anthem/Cigna deal, and Molina’s news [that its two top executives were departing]. Normally we have this feeling when results are poor or inconsistent, but by-and-large they’ve been very strong.”

— Stifel analyst Mark Kelly tells Health Plan Week that the health insurance industry’s sense of upheaval is due more to external forces than to companies’ underlying financial performances in the first quarter of 2017.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "In Day of Drama, Aetna Vows More ACA Exits, Molina Fires Namesake CEO, CFO" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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