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July 2016

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From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - As the so-called insurers of last resort in many states, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans could be hit especially hard if House Republicans are successful in eliminating federal cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income people who buy health insurance through public exchanges. But the elimination of federal CSR payments could make richer coverage more affordable for those who qualify for advance premium tax credits (APTCs). Read more

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Since Jan. 1, Medicare has been reimbursing physicians and other providers $86… Read more

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June 24, 2016
BCBSM Approves Plan to Move Retirees to HRAs

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is switching its retirees to health reimbursement accounts, contributing up to $5,000 for individuals and $20,000 for families for purchase on Towers Watson OneExchange.

June 24, 2016
Minn. Blues Drops All But One Offering for Individual Market in 2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will only offer its Blue Plus HMO in the individual market next year, citing market instability and heavy losses.

June 24, 2016
Horizon Allowed to Shield Financial Data in OMNIA Lawsuit

A judge ruled that Horizon can keep private some of the financial information it used in determining tier placement for its OMNIA plans.

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