Spotlight on Health Insurers
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June 25, 2015

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This week's topics: Health Plan BusinessPeople on the MoveValue-Based Care News

Health Plan Business

Minn. Blues Funds Innovations in Community Wellness
Globenewswire, June 24, 2015
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota awarded funding to 10 demonstration projects that illustrate how small changes in neighborhood settings can have a significant impact on community health.

Aetna Plans Expansion in Boston Area
Boston Business Journal, June 24, 2015
Aetna Inc. is seeking to expand its footprint in the Boston market.

Independence Launches Innovation Initiative
The Philadelphia Tribune, June 23, 2015
Independence Blue Cross is teaming up with Jefferson University to provide $2 million in support of health care innovation.

UnitedHealth Leaves AHIP
The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2015
UnitedHealth Group is leaving the industry’s most prominent trade group, saying America’s Health Insurance Plans no longer represents its best interests.

BCBSNM: 51% Hike Result of Unexpected Costs of ACA
Albuquerque Business First, June 22, 2015
Blue Cross and Blue Shield New Mexico president Kurt Shipley said the insurer’s 51% rate hike is a result of underestimating the costs of insuring people through the Affordable Care Act.

Anthem Takes Cigna Bid Public
The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2015
Anthem, Inc. went public with its $47.5 billion offer to purchase Cigna Corp.

Aetna Rolls Out Genetic Testing in Wellness Program
Business Insurance, June 21, 2015
Aetna is launching a wellness program for employers that offers voluntary genetic testing for common diseases.

CalPERS Members See Sharp Premium Increases
Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2015
The California Public Employee Retirement System is blaming prescription drug prices for the increases in its plan offerings, which include Anthem Blue Cross in California, Health Net, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health Plan and UnitedHealth.

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People on the Move

SCAN Welcomes New Board Member
Business Wire, June 24, 2015
Jennie Chin Hansen joined SCAN Health Plan’s board of directors.

Horizon Hires New Senior VP
NJBIZ, June 23, 2015
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Jersey named Allen Karp senior vice president of health care management.  

Arkansas Blues Appoints IT Exec
The Helena-Arkansas Daily World, June 22, 2015
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield named Melvin Hardy vice president of information technology.

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Value-Based Care News

United Inks First ACO Deal in New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal, June 23, 2015
UnitedHealth formed its first accountable care organization in New Mexico with Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

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