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May 31, 2017

Headlines in the News

Trump's mystery tweet: "add more dollars" to health care
Axios, May 28, 2017

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets
Southeast Missourian, May 30, 2017

UnitedHealth and Merck strike a deal to explore linking payments to drug performance
CNBC, May 25, 2017

From the AIS Blogs

As It Sorts RFI Responses, CMS Considers MA Plan Flexibilities

In the 2018 final payment notice and Call Letter issued last month, CMS threw in an unusual request for information (RFI) soliciting ideas on ways it can bring more transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation to the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. The agency has received more than 130 responses from a variety of stakeholders and is beginning the process of analyzing the pros and cons of the many suggestions and what they require in terms of subregulatory/regulatory guidance and statutory changes... Read more

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

1,886,000 ... is the number of commercial individual market lives enrolled in Anthem, Inc., the U.S. individual market leader. Following closely is Centene Corporation, whose 2016 acquisition of Health Net, Inc. more than quadrupled its individual enrollment figure from last year.


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Quote of the Day

“We really shouldn’t be relying on the market to drive millennials into our arms. Essentially, the bottom line is [payers] need to find some value in their plans to attract millennials. Just having a low price is not going to do it.”

— John Rudoy, a principal at Oliver Wyman, tells Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "Millennials’ Near-Term Enrollment May Fall Under AHCA, Report Says" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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