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January 26, 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Health Plan Week - First out of the gate per usual, UnitedHealth Group on Jan. 21 released its fourth-quarter 2014 earnings results to a positive reception by Wall Street analysts who liked the insurer’s better-than-expected medical cost trend for the last stanza of 2014, along with its enrollment gains in the public exchanges and Medicare Advantage (MA) market segments. While the regulated side of its business thrived, the most impressive gainer in the insurer’s stable remains its unregulated consulting arm, Optum, which seems to shatter its money-making expectations on a quarterly basis. Read more

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January 22, 2015
Gallup Poll Finds Fewer Americans Concerned with Health Care Costs

Lower than in recent years,a Gallup poll found 14% of U.S. adults see health care costs and low wages as the biggest financial problems that they face. http://tinyurl.com/o29xjgw

January 22, 2015
Cost of Hip, Knee Replacements Varies Significantly

BCBS plans find wide variation in hip, knee replacement costs. http://tinyurl.com/m6dm5zg

January 16, 2015
United Barred From Joining Calif. Exchange Until 2017

The state of California shut down UnitedHealthcare's attempt to join its exchange until 2017, saying the insurer could undercut rivals who joined when the exchange debuted in fall 2013. http://tinyurl.com/pbh8lkw

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