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  • HDHPs are a path to health plan cost reduction

    May 29, 2013

    High-deductible health plans are one route on the path to health plan cost reduction.


  • Medical travel is back on track

    May 29, 2013

    Slowed by health reform, medical tourism — the practice of seeking lower-cost health care elsewhere is back on track.


  • Vermont exchange head on what his state is doing differently

    May 29, 2013

    Vermont is the first state to divulge rates for public health insurance exchanges. EBA spoke with Mark Larson, commissioner of the department of Vermont health access.


  • Aetna, UnitedHealthcare join Maryland’s health exchange

    May 24, 2013

    People from Maryland will have 13 insurance companies to choose from on their health insurance exchange, state officials announced this morning. The insurance options for California residents on the state’s exchange were also announced late last week amid reports that higher premiums may await those individuals.


  • Aflac’s Amos gives son new duty as board plans succession

    May 23, 2013

    Aflac Inc., the largest seller of supplemental health insurance, says President Paul Amos II will have expanded duties for Japan operations and investments as the company prepares for the eventual departure of his father, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Amos, 61.


  • More firms take private exchange plunge

    May 23, 2013

    Willis North America announces the creation of its own private exchange and InsureXSolutions adds ancillary benefits to its existing product list.


  • Projected retirement health care costs drop

    May 16, 2013

    A 65-year-old couple exiting the workforce in 2013 is estimated to need $220,000 to cover health care costs throughout their retirement, an 8% decrease from last year’s $240,000.


  • Hospitals prepare to cut care in Medicaid opt-out states

    May 15, 2013

    With 15 U.S. states opting out of President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion, hospitals that treat poor and uninsured patients are asking the government to delay $64 billion in planned funding cuts.


  • Deconstructing Mass. employer health insurance increase

    May 15, 2013

    Recent data released by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers looks at how employers were impacted by the health law that took effect in Massachusetts seven years ago. While it’s no true indicator of what will happen in the future, it could nod to some overall trends.


  • Three WellPoint directors resign from insurer’s board

    May 14, 2013

    Three of WellPoint Inc.’s 11 board members have stepped down, citing personal reasons for their decision to depart about six weeks after a new chief executive officer took over at the second-largest U.S. health insurer.


  • Health Management receives SEC subpoena on payment records

    May 7, 2013

    Health Management was thrown into the spotlight in December when the CBS Corp. television program “60 Minutes” aired a report criticizing the company’s emergency room practices. The company at the time called the report inaccurate.


  • Health care cost slowdown seen saving up to $770 billion

    May 7, 2013

    People with health insurance saw increases in their medical costs slow from 2009 to 2011, signaling potential structural changes in the industry that could cut health care inflation and save the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars, according to two studies.


  • The ROI payoff of prevention and risk education

    May 1, 2013

    StayWell Health Management and Towers Watson study takes multi-year look to understand the potential payoff of prevention and risk education.


  • Exchange kinks being worked out

    May 1, 2013

    The federal government is doing everything it can to ensure public health insurance exchanges are ready to begin enrollment on October 1. However, the head of the agency that is building the marketplace warned it will be a close call to the finish and everyone must work together to ensure that happens.


  • Game Show Network CEO takes on the U.S. health system

    May 1, 2013

    David Goldhill, CEO of the game show network takes on U.S. health care system spurred by death of his father.


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