Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

Gov. Wolf to Drop Exchange Proposal

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed setting up a state-based health insurance exchange, hoping to be prepared if the Supreme Court were to strike down subsidies to residents in states without their own exchanges.

In light of today’s news — a 6-3 vote upholding subsidies for qualified residents in all 50 states — Wolf’s proposal will be tossed.

25 Jun 15
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Pennsylvania to Expand Medicaid Eligibility Following Agreement with HHS

Here is the story from ABC 27 News, a local affiliate in Harrisburg, PA.  The expansion will make 500,000 more residents in PA eligible for Medicaid.

28 Aug 14
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Crozer-Keystone Health System and Cigna-HealthSpring May Cut Medicare Advantage Ties

The current provider contract between Cigna-HealthSpring and Crozer-Keystone Health System (CKHS) is set to expire on April 30th, 2014 and it appears that the sides are fairly far apart in their negotiations.  It’s not uncommon, however, for these contract disputes to run right up to the last minute, however, CKSH has posted a…

Health Partners Plans to Enter Medicare Market

Here is a link to the article from Philly.com.  Health Partners Plans (formerly Health Partners of Philadelphia Inc.) operated Medicare advantage plans 6 years ago which were sold to Elder Health (which moved to Bravo, then HealthSpring and now Cigna HealthSpring).  They have now filed with CMS for new plans for 2014.

26 Aug 13
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Highmark Closes on Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Highmark is the largest health insurer in Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the BlueCross and BlueShield Association.  The closing of the deal with Jefferson, valued at $350 million, gives Highmark an anchor hospital in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  Highmark is also trying to finalize…

2 Mar 13
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Opposes Medicaid Expansion; Opens Door for Compromise

In unveiling his budget, PA Governor Tom Corbett revealed that PA will not participate in Medicaid expansion in its current form, but seemed open to compromise on this issue.  Here is the story for the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA.

7 Feb 13
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Highmark Agrees to Sell Medicare Claims Processing Business to a Unit of BCBS of Florida

Highmark is selling off their Medicare claims processing business in order to clear a regulatory path regarding their acquisition of West Penn Allegheny.  It appears that Highmark is more interested in vertical expansion within the health care space than growing horizontally with ancillary Medicare service businesses.  A Highmark EVP is quoted as saying that they…

12 Dec 11
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Highmark Sues UPMC over Ad Campaign

The story is from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Highmark is looking for injunctive relief to block University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers (UPMC) from airing ads which talk about the termination of portions of their contract with Highmark in June of 2012. UPMC is considered a very important medical provider in the Pittsburgh market.

14 Jul 11
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