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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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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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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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CVS to Merge with Aetna in $69 Billion Deal

On Sunday, CVS Health announced its plans to buy health insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal. Each company’s board of directors fully supported the move. CVS Health (CVS) is a leading pharmacy benefits manager that serves approximately 90 million plan members. Aetna, a health care benefits company, serves roughly 44.6 million individuals as…

4 Dec 17
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Scheduled Partial CMS Blackout Begins 11/10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will undergo a secheduled partial system blackout period beginning at 8 pm tonight until 8 pm Thursday, November 16, to update their systems. During this time Medicare Advantage and PDP enrollments may pend longer than normal. It’s important that you continue to submit your applications within 24…

10 Nov 17
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Find All 2018 MAPD Plan Data on our Medicare Quote Engine

We’ve added ALL summary of benefit data for ALL 2018 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans on our Medicare Quote Engine! Using a brand-new feature, you can now you can compare your clients’ 2017 plan with the upcoming 2018 benefits side by side. The Medicare Quote Engine (MQE) includes rates and star…

5 Oct 17
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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned his post Friday afternoon amid controversy over racking up hundreds of thousands in travel bills. Price’s department of the executive branch oversees the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and is the administrative body for the federal health insurance exchange. The New York Times reports

2 Oct 17
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Special Enrollment Periods Available for Hurricane Victims

All Medicare beneficiaries and qualifying individuals seeking coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria are eligible for special enrollment periods this fall. Medicare According to CMS, the Medicare special enrollment period “will allow individuals affected by these hurricanes to enroll, disenroll or switch Medicare health…

2 Oct 17
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Highmark and UPMC in Disagreement Once Again

If you thought Highmark and UPMC’s embattled relationship was finally set straight by a state-brokered consent decree, you may have been too optimistic. The five-year decree permitting Highmark members in-network access to UPMC physicians expires June 30, 2019. As usual, the two sides are in disagreement once again – this time over interpretation of what…

26 Sep 17
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