From Health Plan Week - Private exchanges may see more modest enrollment growth for 2016 because of the two-year delay in the implementation of the excise or Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans from an initial start date of 2018 to the new kickoff in 2020. But private exchange market consultants say the rise in employers interested in switching to a private exchange to deliver health benefits in a defined-contribution mode will march on regardless. Read more
From Health Plan Week - Health insurers are increasingly targeting palliative care in their ongoing mission to improve quality and bring down costs associated with the most expensive aspects of care, partnering with specialty providers and launching pilot programs aimed at the terminally ill. Read more
From Health Plan Week - Wall Street analysts see the process and eventual conclusion of the major consolidation moves in the health plan sector as a hugely important factor in how publicly traded carriers fare in the equity and credit markets for 2016. Nearly as important will be how insurers position for Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in the new year and notably into 2017 with the possible departure of UnitedHealth Group from the marketplaces… Read more
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