From The Wall Street Journal

Trump Health Care Agenda Still a Work in Progress

August 11, 2020

President Trump has missed a self-imposed deadline to release a comprehensive health-care plan and has said he would issue an executive order on pre-existing conditions that public-health specialists believe would be difficult to execute because of legal and economic hurdles.

Mr. Trump said Friday that over the next two weeks he would be “pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers.” The Obama-era Affordable Care Act already requires…

President Trump has missed a self-imposed deadline to release a comprehensive health-care plan and has said he would issue an executive order on pre-existing conditions that public-health specialists believe would be difficult to execute because of legal and economic hurdles.

Mr. Trump said Friday that over the next two weeks he would be “pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers.” The Obama-era Affordable Care Act already requires…

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Insurers Report Mixed Results From Covid-19

August 4, 2020

Two giant sellers of insurance to consumers—Allstate Corp. and Prudential Financial Inc.—reported second-quarter results that reflected the far-ranging impact of Covid-19. Allstate’s profit surged from fewer vehicle accidents on the road while ultralow interest rates weighed on Prudential.

The two insurers’ results show the first full quarter of the coronavirus’s unprecedented toll on the U.S. economy. Across all U.S. life and property-casualty insurers, analysts and investors’ focus has been on the costs that insurers are…

Two giant sellers of insurance to consumers—Allstate Corp. and Prudential Financial Inc.—reported second-quarter results that reflected the far-ranging impact of Covid-19. Allstate’s profit surged from fewer vehicle accidents on the road while ultralow interest rates weighed on Prudential.

The two insurers’ results show the first full quarter of the coronavirus’s unprecedented toll on the U.S. economy. Across all U.S. life and property-casualty insurers, analysts and investors’ focus has been on the costs that insurers are…

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Walgreens to Open Doctors’ Offices at Its U.S. Stores

July 9, 2020

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., hit by slowing profits from prescription drugs, will attach doctors’ offices to hundreds of drugstores as the pharmacy chain seeks to remodel itself as a health-care provider.

The largest U.S. drugstore chain by stores is pairing with primary-care provider VillageMD to open 500 to 700 clinics at Walgreens sites….

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., hit by slowing profits from prescription drugs, will attach doctors’ offices to hundreds of drugstores as the pharmacy chain seeks to remodel itself as a health-care provider.

The largest U.S. drugstore chain by stores is pairing with primary-care provider VillageMD to open 500 to 700 clinics at Walgreens sites….

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Coronavirus Cases Are Accelerating Across U.S.

June 25, 2020

Covid-19’s spread is picking up steam in a larger swath of the U.S. as cases have increased at a faster rate nationwide for nearly two weeks, an acceleration that isn’t attributable solely to increased testing, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.

Thirty-three states, from Oklahoma to South Carolina and Washington, had a seven-day average of new cases on Tuesday that was higher than their average during the past two weeks, according to a Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. That was the situation in 21 states….

Covid-19’s spread is picking up steam in a larger swath of the U.S. as cases have increased at a faster rate nationwide for nearly two weeks, an acceleration that isn’t attributable solely to increased testing, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.

Thirty-three states, from Oklahoma to South Carolina and Washington, had a seven-day average of new cases on Tuesday that was higher than their average during the past two weeks, according to a Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. That was the situation in 21 states….

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Health Insurers Offer Premium Discounts

June 4, 2020

Anthem Inc. is joining the growing number of health insurers offering premium discounts, as the companies see savings from sharp drop-offs in surgeries and other types of care canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anthem said it would provide $2.5 billion to customers, health-care providers and others in various forms, including premium credits of 10% to 15% in July for some individual policyholders and fully insured employers….

Anthem Inc. is joining the growing number of health insurers offering premium discounts, as the companies see savings from sharp drop-offs in surgeries and other types of care canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anthem said it would provide $2.5 billion to customers, health-care providers and others in various forms, including premium credits of 10% to 15% in July for some individual policyholders and fully insured employers….

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