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August 23, 2017

Headlines in the News

McConnell: Path On Healthcare ‘Murky’
The Hill, Aug. 21, 2017

Hospitals Are Clogged With Patients Struggling With Opioids
New York Times, Aug. 21, 2017

Macy's, Anthem, Cigna Mismanaged Wellness Plan, DOL Says
Bloomberg BNA, Aug. 18, 2017


Today's AIS Health Datapoint

3,824,479 ... people are covered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Jersey. Horizon has 46.4% market share in the state.

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.)

  The AIS Guide to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans is now online!

Quote of the Day

“I think it’s the waiver process that’s going to be [used] first and foremost in cutting eligibility and making it more difficult for people to enroll...with very adverse implications for both health plans and for members.”

— Jerry Vitti, founder and CEO of Healthcare Financial, Inc., tells Medicare Advantage News about states’ use of waivers to request experimental changes to their Medicaid programs.

Click here to read the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "Waivers Seen as Next Wave in Medicaid Reform as Congress Considers ACA Fixes" (Free for MAN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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