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October 18, 2017
Headlines in the News
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16, 2017
Quest Diagnostics

Today's AIS Health Datapoint
$405 ... is the highest annual drug deductible of all 2018 Medicare Advantage and Cost plans; dozens of insurers offer plans with this deductible. The lowest drug deductible is $0, also offered by dozens of insurers.

Quote of the Day
“You’ll have one or two states move toward doing something different, and if it’s effective, then others also follow. Probably within the next year or two, most states will have standardized ways on how directories must be updated. But right now, there is a minimal amount of states with requirements.”
— Amy Marko, senior vice president of dental/vision products and professional relations with AlwaysCare Benefits, part of Unum Group, tells AIS Health that she is concerned that as states begin posing more and more laws on how provider directories must be updated, plans may be forced to pass increased costs on to beneficiaries.

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