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UnitedHealthcare Acquires Peoples Health in Louisiana

UnitedHealthcare, the largest health insurer in the U.S., has reached a deal to acquire Peoples Health, Louisiana’s second-largest Medicare Advantage provider. Established in 1994, Peoples Health has around 850 employees, 55,000 members, and in 2016, made about $710 million. The company was one of the first in Louisiana to provide Medicare Advantage plans. The…

11 Jun 18
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Recap of Affordable Care Act Enrollment for the 2018 Plan Year

From 2017 to 2018, enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans dropped by 3.7 percent. For the 2018 plan year, a total of 11.8 million people signed up for ACA plans, compared to last year’s 12.2 million enrollees. Prior to open enrollment, the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act was decreased by 90…

2 Apr 18
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Listen to the Agent Survival Guide Podcast

If you like the articles on our companion blog, the Agent Survival Guide, you’ll love the power to take them with you wherever you go. Tune in for marketing tips and strategies for selling Medicare, Long-Term Care, Life, Annuities, and Final Expense. The ASG Podcast also helps you stay compliant with the latest CMS guidelines…

26 Mar 18
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Rite Aid, Albertsons Merging to Form New Company

A year after Walgreens bought a number of Rite Aid locations, the Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons has agreed to merge with Rite Aid.

22 Feb 18
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Errors Found in More than Half of MA Provider Directories

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have found issues, yet again, with Medicare Advantage organization’s provider directories. Upon a thorough investigation conducted from September 2016 to August 2017, CMS found that 52 percent of the provider directory locations listed contained at least one error. When CMS completed its first review from February…

6 Feb 18
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Highmark Scores Access Victory, UPMC Will Appeal Court’s Decision

The latest in the UPMC/Highmark divorce saga is news that Highmark Medicare Advantage members will retain in-network access to UPMC providers for all of 2019 – a “victory” for Highmark. The state-brokered consent decree between the two health systems expires on June 30, 2019. UPMC argues that access to their health providers at…

1 Feb 18
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Mutual of Omaha to sell Medicare Advantage in 2019

In a press release Wednesday, Mutual of Omaha announced it will team up with Lumeris, Inc. to offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2019.

18 Jan 18
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Optum and DaVita Medical Group Announce Merger

With an all-cash offer on the table, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum and DaVita Medical Group have a proposed deal to join forces. Optum, which is set to buy DaVita Medical Group (DMG) for $4.9 billion, is the health care services division of UnitedHealth Group. DMG is part of the kidney dialysis firm DaVita Inc. It runs…

8 Dec 17
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