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Health care costs account for more than half of federal revenue in 2009
January 7th, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its analysis of 2009 health spending. For the first time, more than half of federal revenue was spent on health care.

Analysis: Blue Cross Blue Shield tops at retaining members
January 6th, 2011

According to data compiled by healthcare industry analysis firm Mark Farrah Associates, Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates top other private health insurance companies when it comes to retaining members.

House sets vote to repeal health insurance mandate
January 5th, 2011

Riding the wave of their November victories, the new Republican majority in the U.S. House has indicated that a vote on repealing health care reform will likely happen sooner rather than later. The reform provisions, which are scheduled to phase in through 2014, include a mandate that all legal U.S. residents maintain health insurance coverage.

Key health care reform provisions go into effect
January 4th, 2011

The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes significant changes to the United States health care system. While the first reforms were rolled out in 2010, a second wave of changes recently went into effect.

New California law requires sale of child-only health insurance policies
January 4th, 2011

When federal law prohibited insurers from denying medical coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, many health insurance companies decided to not offer child-only health plans. In response, California Assemblyman Mike Feuer introduced legislation to force companies to keep the policies available.

Weekly health insurance roundup: December 27 - 31, 2010
December 31st, 2010

Most health insurance companies spent the last week of 2010 tying up loose ends within their network. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare were signing last-minute contracts with network providers while one Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate was making its New Year resolutions.

States receive $206 million in Medicaid performance bonuses
December 30th, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has identified 15 states that have met federal standards for enrolling children in Medicaid programs. By meeting enrollment and application goals, the states will receive a combined $206 million in performance bonuses.

Health reform may cut number of uninsured in half
December 21st, 2010

Using a Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model it created, the Urban Institute reports that health reform could lead to medical coverage for 27.8 million uninsured Americans. According to the institute's figures, if health reform were fully phased in for 2010, it would reduce the number of uninsured from 18.6 percent to 8.3 percent of the non-elderly population.

Employer-sponsored health insurance hits all-time low
December 20th, 2010

The number of American adults who receive their health insurance through an employer has dropped more than 5% in the past two years. According to the most recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, employer-sponsored medical coverage has hit its lowest level since the index began its tracking.

UnitedHealthcare ranks at the bottom of customer service index
December 17th, 2010

Since 2001, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has been calculating how well health insurance companies provide services to their members. Despite improved ratings the last two years, the 2010 index shows an increasing number of consumers are dissatisfied with their health plan.

Weekly health insurance roundup: December 13 - 17, 2010
December 17th, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield is giving you an early Christmas gift: free wellness programs to help you lose those extra holiday pounds. Elsewhere, Aetna is earning awards and ending relationships. All this and more in this week's roundup of health insurance happenings.

Enrollment in consumer-driven health plans on the rise
December 15th, 2010

Although traditional plans continue to dominate the health insurance market, participation in consumer-driven options continues to grow. The sixth annual Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that enrollment in consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) and high deductible health plans (HDHP) has been slowly on the rise.

Aetna expands into the health technology market with acquisition of Medicity
December 13th, 2010

Insurer Aetna is purchasing health technology firm Medicity in an acquisition that will allow the health insurance company to expand its health information exchange offerings. The $500 million deal will let Aetna access a network of 760 hospitals, 125,000 physician users and 250,000 end users that currently Medicity's health information exchange (HIE) technology.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield unveils low cost Medicare Advantage plan for Missouri residents
December 10th, 2010

As seniors compare Medicare Advantage plans during the current open enrollment period, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri is hoping residents will select their PPO. Billed as the "Zero, Zero, Zero" plan, the plan touts limited out-of-pocket expenses for participants.

Weekly health insurance roundup: December 6 - 10, 2010
December 10th, 2010

Aetna is looking to the future while it says good-bye to a part of its past. Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield is earning accolades even as its Georgia affiliate takes a turn in the hot seat. Read more about these and other headlines from UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup health insurance.