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  1. IRS posts HSA, HDHP limits for 2025

    The annual limit on HSA contributions for individuals with self-only coverage is rising to $4,300 in 2025 from $4,150 in 2024, the IRS said May 9.
  2. Lawmakers pitch expanded doula coverage in Medicaid

    Federal lawmakers are proposing allowing Medicaid reimbursement of doulas and midwives in every state. 
  3. UnitedHealth offers to divest 100 locations in Amedisys deal: Report

    UnitedHealth Group and Amedisys plan to divest more than 100 clinic locations to make its proposed acquisition more palatable to regulators, Capitol Forum reported. 

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  1. Utah fines UnitedHealthcare for selling unapproved health plans

    Utah has fined UnitedHealthcare $546,500 for selling unapproved health plans to state residents.
  2. Illinois expands weight loss drug coverage to state employees

    Illinois is expanding coverage of weight-loss drugs to state employees, a move Gov. JB Pritzker's office estimates could cost up to $210 million annually, WBEZ reported April 30.
  3. Limiting Medicare Advantage patient surveys could save billions: Study

    Limiting the use of health risk assessments in Medicare Advantage could save the federal government billions each year, a study published May 6 in Health Affairs found. 
  4. Cigna, Oscar Health to shutter small group business

    Oscar Health and Cigna will discontinue their co-branded Cigna + Oscar business at the end of 2024. 

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  1. How Humana is moving beyond awareness during National Minority Health Month

    National Minority Health Month (NMHM) is an annual observance that builds awareness about health disparities that persist among Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Native American/Indigenous, and other minority communities across the United States. 
  2. Payers ranked by D-SNP enrollment, retention

    UnitedHealthcare has the most D-SNP members, while Healthfirst and Kaiser Permanente recorded 97% member retention rates during the Medicare open enrollment period.
  3. Highmark lays off more employees 

    Highmark Health has laid off 47 employees, PennLive reported May 7.
  4. BCBS Louisiana names new CEO in wake of failed Elevance deal

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana has named Bryan Camerlinck as its next CEO. 

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  1. Lawmakers want probe into UnitedHealth insider trading concerns

    A group of federal lawmakers, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, sent a letter to Securities & Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler asking him to open an investigation into potential insider trading by UnitedHealth Group executives. 
  2. Oscar Health reports 1st profit

    Oscar Health reported $177.4 million in net income in the first quarter of 2024, its first profitable quarter. 
  3. Molina outsourcing 52 jobs at headquarters

    Molina Healthcare is outsourcing 52 positions to a contractor at its headquarters in Long Beach, Calif., according to regulatory documents filed with the state in April.
  4. Medicare Advantage in the headlines: 5 recent updates

    From Medicare Advantage insurers are eyeing cutbacks in 2025, to CVS Health picking up a digital MA broker, here are five key Medicare Advantage updates Becker's has reported since April 22. 
  5. Aetna settles LGBTQ+ fertility coverage lawsuit

    Aetna has reached a settlement in a case alleging its fertility coverage policies discriminated against LGBTQ+ couples. 
  6. Payers ranked by medical loss ratios in Q1

    Four of the country's six major payers reported year-over-year increases in medical cost ratios. 
  7. Medicare Advantage extras on the chopping block in 2025

    Medicare Advantage insurers are planning to pare down their plan offerings in 2025. 
  8. Medicare Advantage disparities in 2024: 10 numbers to know

    Across racial and ethnic groups, MA enrollees report broadly similar experiences but wide disparities in outcomes. 
  9. Mississippi Medicaid expansion push fizzles

    A Medicaid expansion effort in Mississippi died after state lawmakers were unable to agree on compromise legislation, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported May 2. 

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