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October 16, 2017

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From Health Plan Week - CMS on Oct. 11 posted 2018 star quality ratings data for all active Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plan sponsors. Higher ratings are tied to higher reimbursement for plans. MA Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans’ ratings are seen as generally stable this year, similar to previous years (see table, p. 7), and while the number of MA-PD contracts achieving 4 or more stars — thus qualifying for federal bonus payments — fell slightly, the number of enrollees in those highly rated plans actually increased, according to Wall Street analysts and industry consultants. Read more

With Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange open enrollment beginning for individuals Nov.… Read more

Medicare Advantage average premiums will drop by around 6% next year to… Read more

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September 28, 2017
Anthem Exits Maine Exchange Market

Anthem said it's existing Maine's exchange market for 2018, according to CNBC. Visit

August 18, 2017
Key Financial Indicators for Leading Health Plans - 2nd Quarter 2017

Your quarterly Key Financial Indicators for Leading Health Plans spreadsheet is now available. Click here to access the raw data file.

July 31, 2017
Whistleblower Suit Targets UnitedHealth

New whistleblower suit alleges UnitedHealth hid MA enrollment complaints and misconduct from CMS.

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