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Poll: Massachusetts health insurance mandate gaining popularity
June 6th, 2011

Despite increasing health care costs, a recent poll discovered most Massachusetts residents support a 2006 reform law that mandated universal medical insurance for all state residents. However, respondents were split on whether the law should have been used as a model for federal health reform.

Health care industry not immune from rising medical insurance premiums, survey says
June 2nd, 2011

Health insurance rates are rising for businesses in the health care industry with more than half of all respondents paying more than $9,600 for family medical insurance, a new survey says.

Vermont seeks to become first state offering single-payer health insurance
May 31st, 2011

Legislation enacted last week lays the framework for single-payer health insurance in the state of Vermont. If successfully implemented, Green Mountain Care could begin offering government-sponsored medical coverage as early as 2017.

National health insurance companies rank high in paying timely claims, study finds
May 26th, 2011

An annual survey of health insurance company payment practices finds that national insurers outrank regional providers when it comes to paying timely claims. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare are just some of the companies singled out for recognition in the 2011 PayerView Rankings.

Health insurance rate reviews under federal purview Sept. 1
May 24th, 2011

As health reform seeks to increase transparency of health care costs, a new federal regulation is set to go into effect. Beginning September 1, all health insurance rate hikes exceeding 10 percent will be subject to increased public disclosure and a review by either federal or state agencies.

Health reform leads to reduction in Aetna insurance premiums
May 12th, 2011

At a time when health insurance rates seem to be going up across the country, they may actually be going down in Connecticut. Aetna has filed to reduce its medical insurance premiums by an average of 10 percent in order to comply with a health reform provision.

Gov't says lack of health insurance poses "financial catastrophe" risk
May 10th, 2011

A new study from the Department of Health and Human Services asserts that health insurance is more important to financial security than automotive or homeowner insurance. According to the department, the uninsured are prepared to pay for only 12 percent of their potential hospital visits.

Don't speak health insurance? Aetna awarded for talking plain English
May 9th, 2011

To make the purchasing process easier, Aetna created a virtual advisor named "David," who guides consumers to a better understanding of health insurance. Now, Aetna is being honored for its efforts to make insurance more accessible.

CIGNA shareholders see 52 percent increase in first quarter income
May 5th, 2011

Driven by 32 percent growth in its international market, CIGNA income climbed 52 percent in the first quarter of 2011 as compared to the previous year. The company offers health insurance as well as life and disability products.

Aetna to buy Prodigy Health Group for $600 million
May 3rd, 2011

Health insurance company Aetna has announced plans to purchase Prodigy Health Group. The acquisition will bring 600,000 medical members and 450,000 pharmacy members across 15 states into the Aetna fold.

Calif. regulators say health insurance increase unreasonable; Anthem Blue Cross says not so
May 2nd, 2011

For the first time ever, a California state agency has deemed a health insurance rate increase unreasonable. However, Anthem Blue Cross says the state doesn't define "unreasonable" and that its rate hike doesn't fit the bill.

Electronic health records score consumer thumbs up in survey
April 26th, 2011

With nearly half of all physicians using electronic health records, a new study finds that patients overwhelmingly feel positive about their impact on health care. Both patients and physicians appear to agree that electronic records improve patient care.

Supreme Court declines to expedite Virginia lawsuit on health reform
April 25th, 2011

Virginia is one of more than a dozen states that has filed suit over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite its case, the justices recently declined to do so.

UnitedHealth Group posts 10 percent increase in first quarter revenues
April 21st, 2011

Led by gains in its Optum businesses, UnitedHealth Group reported higher than expected revenues for the first quarter of 2011. The health care company reported $25.4 billion in revenues, a 10 percent increase from 2010.

Highmark bids to improve quality of care with patient-centered medical homes
April 20th, 2011

Highmark, a Pennsylvania-based Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate, is working with 13 physician offices to create patient-centered medical homes. The pilot project would coordinate care for participating subscribers through one physician.

Congressional budget calls for Medicare health insurance overhaul
April 18th, 2011

In passing its budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year, Congress took the first step toward a major overhaul of the Medicare health insurance system. While some applaud the proposed changes, others say it will compromise senior medical coverage.

Health insurance rate hike planned for 150,000 Anthem Blue Cross subscribers in California
April 14th, 2011

Despite earlier reports that Anthem Blue Cross members would be spared double-digit health insurance rate hikes until summer, a consumer group says some Californians will see a significant jump in their premiums starting May 1, 2011. Find out who is affected and how much more they will pay.

Survey: Most Americans want changes to health care system
April 13th, 2011

According to the latest survey from the Commonwealth Fund, the vast majority of Americans believe the current health care system is broken. Coordination of care and access to electronic health records tops consumers' wish list.

House panel approves legislation to cut health reform funding
April 12th, 2011

A Congressional committee has approved a handful of bills that will amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as eliminate funding for health reform provisions. Money for state-based health insurance exchanges, school-based health centers and a prevention and public health fund are all on the chopping block.

AARP responds to Congressional report on health insurance conflict of interest charges
April 11th, 2011

The AARP stands to gain as much as $1 billion from health reform, and should have its tax-exempt status investigated, say a group of House Republicans. In response, the AARP produced an extensive multimedia response on the Internet and executives are preparing to respond to the charges in person within the week.