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September 26, 2016

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From Health Plan Week - Market consultants said the CMS 2017 “landscape files” for Medicare Advantage (MA) and stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) released on Sept. 22 show that premiums will not see any major price shocks for next year and that zero-dollar premium plans are a strong performer. In the announcement, CMS said that average monthly MA premiums will drop by $1.19 in 2017 to $32.59 from $31.40 in 2016. This compares with what the agency a year ago said was a 31-cent drop in the monthly MA premium from 2016 to 2015. In the latest announcement, CMS also said 67% of all MA beneficiaries will not face a premium hike next year, up from 59% for 2016. Read more

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September 6, 2016
Horizon BCBS Paid Providers $58.9 Million in Care Coordination and Shared Savings Payments in 2015

Horizon BCBS paid providers $58.9 million in care coordination and shared savings payments in 2015. http://tinyurl.com/jx7ahou

September 6, 2016
Cigna Says it Likely Won’t Get CMS Sanctions Lifted in Time to Participate in 2017 Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period

Cigna says it likely won’t get CMS sanctions lifted in time to participate in 2017 Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period. http://tinyurl.com/jlyftxm.

September 1, 2016
DC Regulators Order CareFirst to Rebate $50 M in Excess Surplus

DC regulators order CareFirst to rebate $50 M in excess surplus. http://tinyurl.com/gq2g6oh

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