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July 12, 2017

Headlines in the News

Obamacare marketplaces just had their most profitable first quarter ever
Washington Post, July 11, 2017

Healthcare disagreements roil U.S. Senate Republicans
Reuters, July 10, 2017

In rare move, FDA reverses course on drug developed by CEO with ties to Trump
Stat, July 11, 2017

From the AIS Blogs

Is Health Care Complicated? Yes. Sensitive? You Bet

In writing the latest issue of Medicare Advantage News, which was made more difficult by late-breaking developments in the Senate’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, I was struck by how sensitive the issue of delivering health care is. At the end of the day, it’s about meeting people’s needs. And sometimes, the people defending, making or proposing laws might not be comfortable with some of those needs.... Read more

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

23.5% ... is the market share for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in California, with more than 8 million total medical members, the most in the state. Blue Shield of California comes in second with more than 3.7 million medical members, a market share of 10.93%.


  AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2017

Quote of the Day

“Health care has been becoming more localized and more consumer oriented over the past decade, which may be a reason why a company like Amazon is newly exploring [the pharmacy] sector….However, the challenge with pharmacy is that it’s not a commodity business like other consumer categories, and there are high barriers to entry including complex regulations, among other factors.…Depending on how Amazon may be looking at these issues, the prescription-drug business is either complex and challenged, or ripe for a new option.”

— Stephen Cichy, founder and managing director of Monarch Specialty Group, LLC, tells AIS Health.

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "Could Acquisition of Whole Foods Help Amazon Gain Foothold in Pharmacy Space?" (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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