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February 2016

Recent Stories

From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - Complaints from Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and other insurance carriers appear to have pushed CMS to take a closer look at special enrollment periods (SEPs), which allow people to buy coverage on public exchanges outside of the established open-enrollment period. People who purchase health insurance through a SEP utilize up to 55% more services than those who sign up during the regular open-enrollment period, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) noted in a recent letter to CMS. Read more

Disputes between insurers and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)… Read more

Kaiser Permanente’s planned acquisition of Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative (GHC) could create… Read more

2016 could see the birth of two Goliath competitors if Aetna Inc.… Read more

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February 1, 2016
BCBSNC Could See $400M Loss on Exchanges

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said to project $400M loss on ACA exchanges for 2014-2015.

January 29, 2016
Premera Is Lone Wolf on Alaska Exchange After State Closes Moda

Premera will stand alone on Alaska's health insurance exchange after the state forced Moda Health to shut down operations.

January 21, 2016
New York Fines HealthNow $750K

HealthNow New York was hit with a $750,000 fine over violations with small group renewals.

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