From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - After a decade of having the business to itself, Blue Shield of California will be one of five health plan operators administering a new $14 billion, five-year contract for HMOs offered through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Blue Shield of California’s HMOs now cover more than 400,000 CalPERS members. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, Blue Shield of California will be joined by Health Net, Inc., WellPoint, Inc. subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross, Sharp Health Plan and UnitedHealth Group in administering HMOs for the program. Read more
From Health Plan Week - Despite the best efforts of a top CMS official to ease concerns over whether insurance exchanges will be ready to open on time this fall, it seems that nobody will be shocked if just such a delay occurs. Gary Cohen, director of CMS’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), on April 24 testified before a House Energy and Commerce oversight panel, and insisted all systems are go for… Read more
From Health Plan Week - Now that it appears likely that the Arkansas alternative to expand its Medicaid population through health insurance exchanges will become a reality, health plans are being forced to recalibrate what effect this will have on their marketplace strategies for next year, consultants and industry observers say. The Arkansas legislature gave final approval to the alternative plan on April 18, which now awaits the governor’s signature. CMS will review the proposal… Read more
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