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  1. Highmark launches diversified business segment

    Highmark Health launched Alloyed Works, a new segment for its diversified business and health services offerings. 
  2. Medicare Advantage in the headlines: 10 recent updates

    Insurers are pushing back against CMS' proposed Medicare Advantage rates for 2025, and an Anthem Medicare Advantage contract is under fire from New Hampshire state officials. 
  3. 2 Medicaid work requirement updates

    The Mississippi House advanced Medicaid expansion legislation that includes work requirements, while South Dakota lawmakers are putting a ballot issue on work requirements before voters in November. 

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  1. Humana's 5 highest-earning executives in 2023

    Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard was paid $16.3 million in 2023, according to the company's annual proxy report published Feb. 22. 
  2. 5 payers join White House food security initiative

    Several payers are making commitments to advance a White House initiative to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease by 2030. 
  3. South Dakota puts Medicaid work requirement question on ballot

    South Dakota voters will decide in the November election if the state can implement work requirements on its Medicaid expansion population, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Feb. 27. 
  4. CareSource to pick up ACA co-op plan

    CareSource plans to affiliate with one of the last surviving ACA co-op plans. 

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  1. UnitedHealth Group cybersecurity incident not expected to affect ratings: Fitch, Moody's

    UnitedHealth Group's Change Healthcare reported a cybersecurity incident Feb. 21 that disrupted connectivity and healthcare operations nationwide, but Fitch Ratings and Moody's are not expecting the event to affect UnitedHealth's ratings. 
  2. Justice Department begins antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth

    The Justice Department has begun an antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth Group, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 27.
  3. Walgreens to offer online shopping with Medicare Advantage benefits

    Walgreens will allow Medicare Advantage members to purchase products using supplemental benefits online. 
  4. 10 states that could see largest Medicare Advantage cuts in 2025

    Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in Nevada could see their supplemental benefits reduced or cost-sharing increase by over $90 each month in 2025, according to estimates from Berkeley Research Group. 

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  1. Press Ganey chief medical officer joins BCBS Massachusetts board

    Thomas Lee, MD, Press Ganey's chief medical officer, has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' board of directors. 
  2. Elevance Health launches weight management program

    CarelonRx, Elevance Health's pharmaceutical benefits arm, will launch a digital weight management program. 
  3. The best changes 33 healthcare leaders made this year

    Leaders in the payer space are making changes to simplify members' experiences, improve equity and level-up the way their teams work together. 
  4. Medicare Advantage members could see $396 benefit cut in 2025

    Medicare Advantage beneficiaries could see their supplemental benefits reduced or cost-sharing increase by $33 a month on average in 2025, according to an analysis from the Berkeley Research Group. 
  5. New Mexico taps Medicaid director

    The New Mexico Human Services Department has named Dana Flannery director of the state's Medicaid program. 
  6. UPMC Health Plan CEO to retire

    Diane Holder, president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan, will retire at the end of 2024. 
  7. Humana's plan to improve provider directory accuracy

    Humana says new technology will help it maintain more accurate provider directories. 
  8. UnitedHealth Group sets quarterly dividend

    UnitedHealth Group's board of directors authorized a $1.88 per-share cash dividend to be paid on March 19. 
  9. Maryland could open ACA exchange to undocumented immigrants

    Maryland legislators are considering a bill that would allow people to purchase insurance on Maryland's health insurance exchange, regardless of their immigration status. 

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