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June 21, 2017

Headlines in the News

Blue Cross working to return to Illinois Obamacare exchange next year
Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2017

Cigna To Resume Marketing, Enrolling New Medicare Advantage Members In July
Insurance News Net, June 20, 2017

UnitedHealth, Aledade partner on Medicare Advantage accountable care program
Healthcare Dive, June 20, 2017


Today's AIS Health Datapoint

82.70% ... is the percentage of membership gain for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah from 2016 to 2017; percentage-wise, this is the largest increase for any Blues plan. The insurer gained 221,932 members, mostly in self-insured plans.

From THE AIS GUIDE TO BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)

Quote of the Day

“The plans are blind bidding, knowing the market has been leveled. They really have to compete on price.”

— Spokesperson James Scullary of Covered California, the Golden State’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange, explaining to Health Plan Week the impact of the state’s decision to require plans to use standard cost sharing for many benefit design components.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "Covered CA’s Evolving Benefits Include Major Changes in ’17" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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