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February 28, 2017

The Hill  (2/27, Sullivan) reports that during his meeting with governors, President Trump told them “his administration will put forward its own” ACA “replacement plan within a few weeks.” The article says given Trump’s comments, it seems there will be ACA replacement plans from both the Administration and Congress. Commenting on the matter, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said, “The way I felt, I think Secretary [of Health and Human Services Tom] Price was going to be coming up with a plan.”

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February 24, 2017

The AP  (2/22, Murphy) reports the Federal government may begin pushing consumers to help reduce healthcare costs. While the fate of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain, “Republicans indicated last week that they will encourage wider use of insurance that comes with a health savings account aimed at pushing patients to save and shop for care.” They are convinced that when consumers’ “money is on the line – and not the insurance company’s” – they will shop around for the best value and do t...

February 16, 2017

The Washington Post  (2/15, Weigel) reports that conservatives in the House, who are “frustrated” by the GOP’s lack of progress in repealing the Affordable Care Act, “are looking at joint legislation from Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as their preferred replacement.” The bill “would expand health savings accounts, eliminate most regulations on what plans must cover, and prevent the funding of abortions through HSAs.” The article points out that this legislation “mirrors t...

February 16, 2017

The Washington Post  (2/15, Goldstein) reports the Trump Administration is making its initial changes to the Affordable Care Act by “reversing plans to withhold tax refunds this year from Americans who flout an insurance requirement in the law.” Under the Obama Administration, the IRS “had announced that it would no longer process tax returns for people who fail to send a notice with their returns that they have insurance, are exempt from the requirement or are paying the fine.” But on Wednesday...

February 15, 2017

On its front page, the Wall Street Journal  (2/14, A1, Mathews, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reports Aetna and Humana called off their proposed $34 billion merger in a mutual agreement, which requires Aetna to pay Humana a $1 billion breakup fee. Meanwhile, Cigna called off its proposed $54 billion merger with Anthem, and filed a lawsuit against Anthem seeking damages of over $13 billion.

        The AP  (2/14, Murphy) explains that a federal judge blocked the proposed merger between Anthem...

February 9, 2017

A federal judge in Washington blocked Anthem’s proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna., handing antitrust enforcers a second win in two months against a major merger in the health insurance sector.

The U.S. Justice Department sued in July to block Anthem’s deal and Aetna’s proposed $37 billion tie-up with Humana, alleging the mergers would amount to an “unprecedented consolidation in the health insurance industry.” In the suit against the Anthem and Cigna merger, federal antitrust la...

February 6, 2017

Anthem Inc. may slash participation in the individual major medical insurance market in 2018.

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wedish, the chairman of the Indianapolis-based health insurer, said today that the company will think hard about how it wants to participate in the individual market "toward the end of the first half." The first half of the year ends June 30.

Swedish talked about the company's individual health unit during a conference call with securities analysts. The call was organized to discuss fourth-quarte...

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