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May 23, 2016

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From Health Plan Week - A trickle of states has released premium rate requests submitted by health insurers for the 2017 public exchanges, and initial numbers show sizable increases being sought, like in New York where regulators on May 18 said carriers on a weighted-average basis want a 17.3% year-on-year hike. These first-look rate bids come as health plans and their consultants, Wall Street analysts and HHS policymakers try to figure out what next year’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces have in store for carrier participation, consumer enrollment, demographic mix and profitability. Read more

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May 18, 2016
Anthem Unveils Innovation Studio in Atlanta

Anthem is opening a new 6,500 sq. ft. "Innovation Studio" in Atlanta to leverage new ideas in tech and health care.

May 18, 2016
CalPERS Awards $4.9B Drug Benefits Contract to Optum

The CalPERS board voted to award a five-year, $4.9 billion drug benefits contract to UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx, unseating incumbent CVS Health.

May 18, 2016
New Mexico Blues Returns to State Exchange

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico is staging a return to the state's individual exchange after dropping out last year when regulators rejected a requested 52% rate hike.

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