Insurers in the news: July 14-21

The following insurers made headlines this week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

Covered California Health Plan to hike rates 13.2%
Policyholders of Covered California Health plan face an average 13.2 percent hike in premium rates next year in the individual marketplace.

In Alaska, Premera Blue Cross health rates to increase 10%
Premera Blue Cross will increase health insurance premiums by an average of 9.8 percent in 2017 for individual plans.

Anthem donates to governor groups in hopes of merger approval
Anthem contributed $460,000 to election campaigns of governors and state attorneys general in hopes of winning approval for its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna.

DOJ to fight Anthem, Aetna insurer deals: 10 things to know
Two deals that could consolidate four of the nation's largest health insurers will likely be challenged by the U.S. government, people familiar with the matter told Wall Street Journal.

UnitedHealth's surprising Q2 earnings powered by Optum: 4 things to know
UnitedHealth released its second quarter results reflecting the insurer's strong earnings, boosted by its health services division Optum.

BCBS of Montana, Benefis team up for narrow network plan
Benefis Health System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana partnered to lower healthcare costs for large group health insurance plans and policyholders.

Anthem BCBS expands Medicaid coverage for 6 Wisconsin counties
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will extend its Medicaid plans for BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid Supplemental Security Income to six counties.

Humana stock falls 18% amid Aetna acquisition doubts
Humana's share price dropped 18.6 percent from its June 21 high of $190.07 amid rising doubts its proposed acquisition by Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna will be approved.

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