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  1. More young people, Latino people are insured: 6 numbers to know

    The number of uninsured people in the United States is declining, with gains in coverage concentrated among young people, Latino people and American Indians/Alaska Natives, according to new data from HHS. 
  2. How Montana's ACA insurance co-op survived when most others failed

    Many co-op insurance plans, created by the ACA, struggled to stay afloat. Montana's Mountain Health Co-op is still thriving, however, anchored by a desire for a competitive market and unique benefits, the Montana Free Press reported Jan. 16. 
  3. UnitedHealthcare 2nd to file protest after losing out on North Carolina state health plan contract

    UMR, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, is protesting North Carolina's decision to award its state health plan contract to Aetna, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Jan. 15. 

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  1. 16 payer exec moves since Jan. 1

    From several CEO moves to big announcements at UnitedHealth Group, these are 16 payer exec moves reported by Becker's since Jan. 1:
  2. No single organization can solve health equity alone, says Point32Health CEO Cain Hayes

    Point32Health CEO Cain Hayes says there are "tremendous opportunities" to advance health equity in 2023. 
  3. Centene facing federal scrutiny over Illinois foster children's medical care

    HHS and CMS have spoken to Illinois officials to discuss "serious issues" raised in a November report about Centene's foster care contract performance, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Jan. 13.  
  4. UnitedHealth to integrate behavioral, home health into growing number of value-based care models

    UnitedHealth Group is planning to integrate more behavioral and home health services into its care delivery strategy as the company continues to expand its value-based care offerings.

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  1. UnitedHealthcare expects 900,000 more Medicare members in 2023

    UnitedHealthcare is projecting 900,000 more Medicare members in 2023 across its individual, group and D-SNP lines of business.
  2. 'Tripledemic' had no major impact on care costs, UnitedHealth Group says

    UnitedHealth Group says a so-called 'tripledemic' of respiratory diseases in late 2022 had no noticeable impact on U.S. healthcare costs.
  3. Payers nab top ratings for workplace diversity, equity, inclusion

    Nine payers received five stars for diversity, equity and inclusion in Newsweek's "Greatest Workplaces for Diversity." 
  4. Meet Health Net's leadership team

    Centene's California-based subsidiary Health Net was one of the beneficiaries of the state's revised Medi-Cal plan, picking up contracts in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties. 

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  1. Medicare Advantage in the headlines: 10 recent updates

    From new studies to court rulings and contract disputes, here are 10 Medicare Advantage updates Becker's has reported since Jan. 3.
  2. How payers stack up on community investments

    Payers took four of the top five spots for community support in Just Capital's ranking of the "most just" companies in America. 
  3. Nashville mayor urges expedited negotiations in Vanderbilt Health-Humana dispute

    Nashville, Tenn., Mayor John Cooper sent letters to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Humana officials urging the sides to prevent "what could otherwise unfold into catastrophic scenarios" if the health system splits with the insurer's Medicare Advantage plan. 
  4. Blue Cross NC appeals state's decision to award Aetna state health plan contract

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is appealing North Carolina's decision to award its state employee health plan contract to Aetna. 
  5. UnitedHealth Group posts $4.9B profit in fourth quarter

    UnitedHealth Group recorded double-digit growth in revenues year over year across its lines of business at UnitedHealthcare and Optum, according to the company's fourth quarter earnings report released Jan. 13.
  6. UnitedHealth in the headlines: 9 recent developments

    From being named the world's largest insurance company by net premiums, to appointing an Alphabet vice president to its board of directors, here are nine stories about UnitedHealth Group Becker's has reported since Dec. 12: 
  7. States with the most expensive marketplace premiums in 2023

    The Kaiser Family Foundation calculated monthly average ACA marketplace benchmark premiums per state in 2023. The national average is $456.
  8. Illinois fines health system-owned Quartz health plan for mental health parity violations

    The Illinois Department of Insurance fined Quartz Health Insurance Corp. $500,000 for violating state and federal laws that require equal levels of coverage for mental health and substance abuse care as for medical care.
  9. Sentara boosts health plan membership by 200K with AvMed purchase

    Sentara Healthcare has finalized its acquisition of nonprofit health plan AvMed.

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