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1. Insurers Get Into Care, But is it Good for Your Health?
- Monday, March 12, 2018
In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.
Insurers are dropping billions of dollars on acquisitions and expansions in order to get more involved in customer health. They say this push can help cut costs and improve care, in part by keeping the sickest patients healthy and out of expensive hospitals.
2. Health Insurer Cigna Buying Express Scripts for $52 Billion
- Friday, March 9, 2018
Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.
3. UnitedHealthcare to Pass Drug Rebates On to Some Customers
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The nation's biggest health insurer will pass drugmaker rebates along to some customers starting next year, giving a potential break to those taking expensive prescriptions.
UnitedHealthcare said Tuesday it will let people covered by certain employer-sponsored health plans collect rebates when they fill prescriptions or at the point of sale. Those rebates could amount to a few bucks or several hundred dollars, depending on the drug.
4. Business Titans Face Complex System in US Health Care Push
- Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The leaders of Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announced the ambitious goal of improving health care coverage all of their employees. They say they are forming a new company that will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints" and hint its results might be applied on a broader scale. But the campaign is in its early planning stages.
5. Insurer Humana Pushes Deeper Into Delivery of Health Care
- Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Humana will buy part of Kindred Healthcare's home health business, the latest example of a health insurer growing more involved in the delivery of care on top of handling the bills for it.
The insurer said Tuesday it will pay about $800 million in cash for a 40-percent stake in the business, which includes hospice care and serves about 130,000 patients daily. The remaining stake will be purchased by the private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
6. UnitedHealth Ventures Deeper Into Care With Nearly $5B Deal
- Thursday, December 7, 2017
The nation's biggest health insurer is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna announced a bigger tie up with CVS Health Corp.
7. Q&A: $69B Aetna Bid Pushes CVS Deeper Into Consumers' Lives
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A drugstore chain that used to hawk cigarettes behind the front counter now wants to offer nutrition advice and work with your doctor to keep you healthy.
CVS Health says it wants to use its roughly $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna to dive deeper into managing customer health, with its nearly 10,000 stores becoming "front doors" for care. The companies plan to expand the health services offered through CVS locations and get more involved in helping patients stay on their medicines or manage their chronic conditions.
8. Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.
9. Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out
- Saturday, October 22, 2016
Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.
Rates for the two remaining insurers with marketplace plans available for the Memphis market next year – Cigna and Humana – are set to increase roughly 45 percent each.
10. Insurer Aetna Slashes ACA Exchange Participation to 4 States
- Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country.
11. Health Insurer Aetna Backs Off ACA Expansion Plans
- Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Aetna became the latest health insurer to cast doubt upon its future in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after it called off a planned expansion Tuesday and suggested it could abandon that market completely.
12. Urge to Merge
- Wednesday, August 5, 2015
First it was big insurer Aetna, announcing it’s reached a deal to buy rival Humana for $34.1 billion. Only a few weeks later, another pair of insurers decided to get hitched, with Anthem announcing it would buy Cigna for $48.4 billion.
13. Walgreens, Insurers Push Expansion of Virtual Doctor Visits
- Thursday, June 11, 2015
Millions of people will be able to see a doctor on their smartphones or laptops for everyday ailments once the nation's largest drugstore chain and two major insurers expand a budding push into virtual health care.
14. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling
- Thursday, August 28, 2014
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.
15. Largest US Insurer's Move Signals Industry Shift
- Friday, July 18, 2014
The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.
16. Few Eligible Patients Can Get Weight Loss Surgery
- Monday, February 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese.
And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds.
17. Affordable Care Act
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.
Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.
18. Dow Average Adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.
19. Study: Health Overhaul to Raise Claims Cost 32 Percent
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Medical claims costs – the biggest driver of health insurance premiums – will jump an average 32 percent for Americans' individual policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, according to a study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts.
20. Report: Premium Hikes for Top Medicare Drug Plans
- Wednesday, September 26, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.
21. Gov't Stepping Up Fight Against Health Care Fraud
- Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is upping the ante in the fight against health care fraud, joining forces with private insurers and state investigators on a scale not previously seen in an attempt to stanch tens of billions of dollars in losses.
22. Health Insurer WellPoint to Buy 1-800 Contacts
- Tuesday, June 5, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – WellPoint Inc. plans to buy contact lens retailer 1-800-Contacts Inc. in a deal that would give the insurer its first direct-to-consumer business outside selling individual health coverage.
23. Open Enrollment Cutoff for Medicare Plans Moves Up
- Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A new deadline for privately run versions of the government's Medicare program may trip up customers who typically wait until the holidays to settle on their health insurance coverage for the coming year.
24. Health Care Stocks Endure Turmoil Better Than Most
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Health care stocks historically provide a relatively safe haven in roiling markets. They're less tethered to the economy's every movement than other stocks and tend to be less volatile.
Anxious investors might be considering putting money in the sector, but the current outlook is complicated by uncertainty over the government's changing involvement in health care. The wild card is potential cuts to Medicare or Medicaid, soon to be considered by Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee.
25. Health Plan Rules: What Counts as an Emergency?
- Thursday, August 11, 2011
When is an emergency not an emergency? In health care, that can be a costly distinction.
Emergency rooms are designed to live up to their names by treating life-threatening or serious medical problems. But they often handle much more than that, sometimes at great cost to patients.
26. Humana to Purchase Health Care Company Concentra
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Health insurer Humana Inc. plans its first broad foray into health care delivery in nearly two decades with its intended purchase of Concentra Inc. in an approximately $790 million cash deal announced Monday.
27. Health Insurers Help GOP After Dalliance With Dems
- Monday, October 25, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.
28. Principal Financial to Exit Health Insurance
- Friday, October 1, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Principal Financial Group Inc., an insurance, retirement and financial services company, said Thursday it is getting out of the health insurance business.
29. Earnings Reports to Give Picture of Job Market
- Tuesday, October 27, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street may be roaring again and manufacturers see a bright future selling their wares in Asia. But for many Americans, it's still a downturn until the jobs come back.
This week, earnings from several companies with deep ties to corporate payrolls, consumer demand and the labor market will show whether employers are hiring, firing or holding off on filling vacancies.
30. Obama Speech Leaves Health Care Industry Uncertain
- Friday, September 11, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of health insurers wavered in premarket activity Thursday after President Barack Obama made clear he is sticking to his goal of health care reform in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night.
31. Mobile Health Clinic To Showcase Technology
- Friday, July 31, 2009
The UnitedHealth Group will bring its Connected Care telehealth mobile clinic to the Memphis Health Center today.
The demonstration clinic will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to showcase the technology available through the Connected Care telehealth network. The mobile clinic, through audio and video presentations, will explain how telehealth connects patients in rural and urban communities to health clinics, primary care physicians and specialists.
32. Drug Industry, Pfizer Lead in Health Lobbying
- Wednesday, July 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The drug industry's trade group and one of the nation's biggest pharmaceutical companies reported spending more money than other health care organizations on lobbying in the second quarter of this year.
33. Dodd's Wife Serves on Health Care Company Boards
- Monday, June 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senator playing a lead role on a national health care overhaul sits on the boards of four health care companies, one of several examples of lawmakers with ties to the medical industry.
34. Humana Q1 Profit More than Doubles
- Tuesday, April 28, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Health insurer Humana Inc. said Monday its first-quarter profit more than doubled as its government business surged from higher membership in its Medicare Advantage plans and lower expenses in Medicare drug plans that sapped earnings a year ago.
35. Health Insurance Premiums Rise 6.1 Percent; More Families Choosing to Go Without
- Thursday, September 13, 2007
The increasing cost of health insurance is putting coverage out of reach for many small to midsize companies and their workers, even though the rise in premiums this year was the lowest increase in eight years.
36. Archived Article: Daily Digest
- Monday, October 4, 2004
Financed for $5.9 Million
Latting Road Partners LLC has financed 32.01 acres near Winchester Road and Green Forest Cove in Germantown for $5.9 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Datab...
37. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, February 17, 2000
UnitedHealth Group Corp Giving doctors final say not so, racketeering suit alleges UnitedHealth Group Corp. has been named in a racketeering suit alleging its recently announced policy of allowing doctors to make the final decision in patient care i...