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Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Gets Antitrust Approval

Updates on Upcoming Mergers Cigna has received antitrust approval for their acquisition of Express Scripts. The deal is predicted to fully close by the end of 2018. This is also good news for the CVS-Aetna merger, as that antitrust approval is still in the works. Cigna’s acquisition of Express Scripts was first announced about…

19 Sep 18
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Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018 Introduced

On August 10, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced H.R. 6662, the Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018, into Congress. If passed, the bill will amend Section 1851(e)(2)(F) of title XVIII in the Social Security Act to “extend the special election period under part C of the Medicare program for certain deemed individuals enrolled…

31 Aug 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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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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Medicare Announces 2018 Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On Friday, CMS released the costs for Original Medicare coverage for 2018. Medicare Part B premiums will rise for many, but not for all. Part B About 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees will see an increase from the average $109 premium they paid in 2017. In the coming year, Social Security benefits…

21 Nov 17
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Humana MA Receives High Star Ratings

Humana MA star rating

In October, Humana, a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization, announced that several of its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received 4.5 stars on the 5-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While all of the carrier’s MA plans received 3.5 stars or more on CMS’ 5-star rating system,…

26 Oct 17
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CBO Publishes AHCA Estimate

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released their much-anticipated cost estimate on H.R.1628, the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Together with the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the CBO estimated that the most current version of the AHCA bill would:

Aetna CEO Sparks Single-Payer Health Care Discussion

During a recent private meeting with shareholders, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini suggested Americans should start the discussion about single-payer insurance, but does it mean what we think it means? Leaked discussion reports him saying, “Single-payer, I think we should have that debate as a nation.” Why would the CEO of America’s fifth-largest private insurance company…

1 Jun 17
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CBO Estimate for House-Passed AHCA Expected Soon

UPDATE: The CBO published their estimate on May 24. Read the key takeaways here. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release a cost estimate on the newest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) next week. On May 4, The House voted 217-213 to approve the bill without a cost estimate. In…

16 May 17
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