From Health Plan Week - Health insurers are facing a slew of uncertainties as the final components of the Affordable Care Act are implemented in the coming years and the Obama administration exits in 2017. At the America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) National Health Policy Conference on March 12 in Washington, D.C., Deloitte LLP analysts Greg Scott and Anne Phelps detailed the five biggest challenges health plans will have to confront through 2018. Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - The New York Attorney General’s office said March 18 that it reached a settlement with Rochester, N.Y.-based Excellus Health Plan after an AG investigation determined the Blues plan operator had wrongfully denied treatment requests for mental health and addiction services. Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - News surfaced March 18 that nonprofit Blue Shield of California lost its tax-exempt status back in August 2014. As a result, the company must pay about $40 million a year in state taxes retroactive to 2013. Growing criticism of financial reserves, combined with cash-starved state budgets, could mean greater scrutiny for nonprofit Blues plans as well as for other nonprofit organizations such as hospitals, according to industry observers. Read more
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