Health Plan Business

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

Health Plan Business Blog

By Steve Davis - January 29, 2016
I’ve been writing about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) since the provision was added to the Medicare reform legislation signed by President George W. Bush in late 2003. After more than a dozen years covering HSAs — and explaining the financial benefits to my readers — my wife and I decided to take...
By Patrick Connole - January 11, 2016
Health plan industry watchers are all over the business media opining on the significance of Aetna Inc.’s decision not to renew its membership with industry trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) for 2016. Some say the move falls in line with the same type of decision made by...
By Steve Davis - January 4, 2016
2016 will likely go down as the year of the mega-merger. Aetna Inc. is poised to acquire Humana Inc. Anthem, Inc. intends to take over Cigna Corp., and Health Net, Inc. may become part of Centene Corp. The newly merged Goliaths will have unprecedented scale, which will allow them to dramatically...

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