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From Health Plan Week - Creative and strategic ad campaigns and other efforts helped drive enrollment growth in some state-run public health insurance exchanges, despite what marketplace executives called a confusing and shortened enrollment period. In Connecticut, Access Health CT (AHCT) experienced its most successful enrollment result since 2013, with a 2.3% increase over the previous year. Read more

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s plans to jointly launch an independent health care company worried some stakeholders, while delighting others. “We welcome anybody pulling on our end of the rope in this tug of war,” CEO Rob Andrews of the Health Transformation Alliance (HTA), a group of more than 40 major employers, tells AIS Health. The three titans issued a jointed statement Jan. 30, saying they are “partnering on… Read more

From Health Plan Week - Congress has set the stage for a September return to debate on stabilizing the individual health insurance market, with major changes to Medicaid funding or expansion taking a back seat. Read more

Insurers that offer web-based decision-support tools may be best positioned to win tech-savvy Medicare Advantage enrollees, according to the software solutions provider Connecture, Inc. Age-ins are more digitally savvy than in years past. During the most recent Medicare Annual Election Period, total enrollments through its web-based consumer shopping platform went up 16% from last year’s AEP, according to Connecture. Moreover, there is a “surge” in consumer shopping traffic and consumer conversion… Read more

CVS Health Corp. is experimenting with indication-based pricing as part of its new Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care program, which could help enrollees see savings as high as 5% on their annual spend for RA drugs. PBMs say indication-based pricing, in which medications are priced differently depending on their effectiveness in different indications, works for the anti-inflammatory class due to its high cost and growing availability of biosimilars. Autoimmune drugs are some… Read more

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