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October 20, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Health Plan Week - UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter 2014 earnings released on Oct. 16 cleanly beat the expectations of financial analysts as the insurer upped guidance for the full year based on its ability to keep medical loss ratios (MLRs) and medical utilization in check and generate stellar results from its Optum unit. But the real issue that has financial analysts scratching their heads is whether the insurance bellwether’s moderate utilization trend will be matched by other major carriers over the next few weeks. Read more

Medicare Advantage (MA) and stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) star ratings are… Read more

Despite protestations from the medical device industry that new payment models are… Read more

Health insurance agents and brokers are expecting the second open-enrollment season for… Read more

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October 20, 2014
Calif. Announces Improvements to State Exchange

Covered California announces plans to rectify mistakes it made during first open enrollment period. http://tinyurl.com/l4l9fxk

October 20, 2014
More Insurers Moving Toward Narrow Networks

More insurers are moving toward narrow networks. http://tinyurl.com/n7ywl42

October 16, 2014
COO Resigns from Colorado Health Exchange

The chief operating officer for Connect for Health Colorado announced her resignation, following in the footsteps of two other executives in recent months. http://tinyurl.com/ohactxu

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