Evergreen Health to be liquidated, Anthem expands ACA exchange scaleback to 2 states & more — 5 payer highlights

The following payers made headlines this week, beginning with the most recent.

1. CareFirst renews pharmacy contract with CVS Caremark
Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield renewed its pharmacy benefits management agreement with CVS Caremark, the PBM arm of CVS Health in Woonsocket, R.I.

2. Optima to draw back Virginia exchange footprint; 63 counties could lack insurer
Norfolk, Va.-based Optima Health will reduce its individual marketplace footprint next year in Virginia, a move possibly leaving 70,000 enrollees without coverage.  

3. Anthem expands ACA exchange pullback to 9th state, cuts Kentucky participation in half
Indianapolis-based Anthem said Wednesday it will scale back where it sells its individual marketplace polices to 59 of Kentucky's 120 counties next year.

4. Evergreen Health to be liquidated: 5 things to know
Baltimore-based Evergreen Health, one of 23 nonprofit health plans created under the ACA, will be liquidated by the end of September.

5. Anthem to draw back individual exchange participation in 17 Missouri counties
Anthem continued its 2018 exchange rollback in Missouri where it will pull its individual products from 17 counties, including the city of St. Louis. 

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