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April 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

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

Blues plans dominate the public insurance exchanges in a majority of markets,… Read more

The data breach compromising potentially 80 million current and former member files… Read more

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers and consumers… Read more

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March 25, 2015
Insurance Commissioners Probe Premera Hack

Insurance commissioners probe Premera hack. http://tinyurl.com/ohmfbxt

March 25, 2015
Blue Shield of Calif. Spends $1.25B in Care1st Deal

Records reveal that Blue Shield of California, under fire for excess reserves, spent $1.25B on Care1st in a deal awaiting regulatory approval. http://tinyurl.com/nrn9ymd

March 19, 2015
Blue Shield of Calif. Loses Tax-Exempt Status

Blue Shield of California's state tax-exempt status has been revoked. http://fw.to/E4JOEjR

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