From Health Plan Week - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the latest Blues plan to create a proprietary private exchange, is playing both offense and defense in its health insurance delivery strategy — a move market consultants say other regional plans have followed and will continue to follow. The Blues plan on June 20 launched BlueBenefits Center, a single-carrier marketplace for employers with 50 or more employees. A small group option will appear this fall. “It’s offense and defense. Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - A lawsuit over whether health insurance carriers’ provider networks were adequate has screeched to a halt following accusations of impropriety within the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, headed by Mike Kreidler (D). One of the insurers, Premera Blue Cross, subsequently filed a motion to vacate all of Administrative Law Judge Patricia Petersen’s decisions, which could result in Seattle Children’s Hospital starting all over again in its case (Washington… Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - As the long-running contractual debate between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) drags on, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has taken an active role in the dispute. On June 2, Corbett’s office unveiled its “Patients First” Leadership Team, and the governor said that the state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Consedine, and the secretary of the Department of Health, Michael Wolf, would meet with the two companies in order… Read more
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