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    • August 26, 2014, CHICAGO – Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies around the country collectively devoted more than $363 million to support community health initiatives in 2013, and their employees volunteered more than 370,361 hours to community service, according to “Investing in America’s Health,” a report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).
    • Insurance Business America, August 25, 2014

      The troubled Hawaii Health Connecter has suffered another set-back.
      Hawaii Medical Service Association, the largest health insurer in the state, made the decision last week to axe its small business plans offered through the exchange’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
    • BY BRIANNA EHLEY, The Fiscal Times, August 20, 2014
      For some, a trip to the doctor might soon involve walking through the snack aisle while a clerk blares “price check” over the loud speaker.

      That’s because Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is looking to expand further into the health care business and become a one-stop-shop for all your needs -- from groceries and cleaning supplies to automotive supplies. Now, get in line to see your primary care physician.
    • CT Mirror, August 18, 2014
      The number of Connecticut residents covered by health insurance purchased through the state’s individual market rose by nearly 60,000 since last year, a 55 percent increase since the implementation of major provisions of Obamacare, according to figures released by the Connecticut Insurance Department.
    • The 24 states that opted out of expansion are now feeling pangs of financial regret.
    • The Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2014
      WellPoint Inc., WLP +1.18% the second-biggest U.S. insurer, plans to change its name to Anthem Inc., elevating the brand that it now uses for most of its health-insurance products.
    • Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Dana Halvorson

      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the intersection of Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Topics include general enrollment, End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD), and coordination of benefits.
    • SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using government data, HealthPocket analyzed the quality of customer service within the call centers of Medicare Advantage companies.
    • August 03, 2014
      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to simplify and enhance the process of choosing a health care provider with the addition of its Five-Star Rating system to its Compare websites, the agency said in a blog post.
    • CHICAGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Individuals enrolled in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) continue to utilize health care services more efficiently, long after switching from their traditional insurance plans, according to a comprehensive data analysis by Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), operator of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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