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UnitedHealth Acquisitions Draw Scrutiny

February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
UnitedHealth Group's acquisition of a Calif. physician group and two Florida health plans are making news, and Maine's top court sides with regulators' authority to reject one Anthem's rate increases there.

Kodak Seeks To End Health Coverage For Medicare-Eligible Retirees

February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The Associated Press reports on this develoments, which comes as part of the company's effort to reorganize under bankruptcy protection.

Senate Vote On Contraception Policy Set For Thursday

February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
With the political stakes high, lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on a Republican measure to let employers opt out of covering any health treatment they find morally objectionable.

Dept. Of Justice Lawyers Strategize On How To Win Key SCOTUS Votes

February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Media outlets report on this and other health law implementation developments, including news about health exchanges and the measure's pre-existing condition insurance plan.

States Should Consider Highest-Cost Patients When Developing Essential Benefits Package

February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
That recommendation comes from a report issued Tuesday by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which concluded that those under age 65 have very different health spending habits than Medicare beneficiaries. Meanwhile, experts offer advice to states regarding development of essential benefits packages.