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December 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - In most states, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans have a dominant share of enrollment in public health insurance exchanges (see table, p. 10). But because Blues plans can’t abandon unprofitable markets, that dominance could cause problems if the Supreme Court determines that federal premium subsidies can be distributed only by state-run insurance exchanges. In 34 states, the exchanges are operated by the federal government. Read more

In a bid to add another market to its retail division —… Read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans nationwide are reshuffling their Medicare Advantage… Read more

Near the end of last year’s open-enrollment period, a man clad in… Read more

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December 22, 2014
Anthem to Acquire Simply Healthcare Holdings

Anthem, Inc. agreed to acquire Florida's Simply Healthcare Holdings. http://tinyurl.com/mts5rvo

December 15, 2014
Omnibus BCBS Provision Called 'Corporate Welfare'

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch termed a provision allowing Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to count "improving health care quality" in their spending claims that preserve their tax-exempt status as "corporate welfare" in an editorial. http://tinyurl.com/kntnbsx

December 12, 2014
BCBST Launches Small Business Exchange

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is launching a small business exchange solution that lets employers customize health plan benefits and contributions, and simultaneously allows employees to shop those plans. http://tinyurl.com/k2q5tkx

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