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August 31, 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Health Plan Week - It turns out the female version of Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra differs from actual Viagra and similar erectile dysfunction drugs in more than just the simple fact one is for women and one is for men. PBM specialists, who wondered aloud how Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Addyi “little pink pill” got approved in the first place, say PBMs and health plans will have to think through how best to cover what is a complicated new treatment. The FDA approved Addyi on Aug. 18 to treat female sexual dysfunction for pre-menopausal women. Read more

Five years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, health insurers… Read more

Looking into the future, as major private exchanges operated by benefits consultants… Read more

While health insurers have worked to address the social factors of health… Read more

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August 28, 2015
Third CO-OP to Shut Down

Nevada Health CO-OP is the third CO-OP to shutter operations this year after struggling to stay afloat for the last two years. nevadahealthcoop.org

August 25, 2015
Inovalon Announces Plans to Acquire Avalere

Inovalon is set to acquire Avalere Health in a deal valued at $140 million. http://tinyurl.com/o76u239

August 18, 2015
Kansas Exchange Enrollment Continues Growing

Kansas health exchange enrollment now exceeds 100,000. http://tinyurl.com/olupgzb

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