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June 8, 2017

Today's Featured Story

Pharma Prices Are Prompting Some Pushback in Midst of ‘Perfect Storm’
Reprinted from DRUG BENEFIT NEWS

High drug prices have dominated headlines over the past couple of years, with a variety of factors contributing to the attention. All the hubbub has helped lead to some pushback on the state level, as well as by commercial plans, and such responses are likely to continue, according to Avalere Health speakers at a webinar titled Drug Pricing: Where’s the Future Headed? According to Caroline Pearson, senior vice president of policy and strategy at Avalere, there are “three main areas that are prompting a focus on drug pricing today”... Read Full Story

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

37% ... of consumers in California’s public health insurance exchange, Covered California, are in the 18- to 34-year-old age bracket for the most recent open enrollment period for the 2017 benefit year, compared with 29% for 2014, 34% for 2015 and 38% for 2016.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this datapoint appeared — "California Exchange Gets Healthier Mix, Disputes Warnings of ACA’s Collapse" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


People on the Move

Cigna Corp. promoted Monica Schmude to market president for the states of Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She joined Cigna’s Mid-Atlantic market sales office in 2010, most recently serving as markets senior vice president of sales. Prior to joining Cigna, Schmude was manager of sales and business services for Aetna Inc.’s middle market segment business in Chicago. Cigna also promoted John Roble to market president for its Mountain States market, which includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Roble has served as the market’s vice president of sales since 2012….Eric Huss will join Health Partners Plans as executive vice president of finance and administration. He most recently was chief financial officer at Clarus Healthcare, and also held leadership positions at UPMC Health System and Gateway Health….Tivity Health, Inc. named Adam C. Holland chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds interim CFO Glenn Hargreaves, who will resume his responsibilities as chief accounting officer. Holland most recently was CFO of Kirkland's, Inc.


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