| 05.01.17 | Insurers not likely to lose appetite for M&A

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Today’s Rundown

  1. Anthem’s appeals loss may not dampen health insurers’ appetite for M&A
  2. Trump adds little clarity to debate over how healthcare law would affect those with preexisting conditions
  3. Survey: Medicaid enrollees report lower financial burden than privately insured
  4. Running short on time, Covered California and insurers seek answers from GOP

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Anthem’s appeals loss may not dampen health insurers’ appetite for M&A

Monday, May 1, 2017 Though Anthem has lost an appeal of the ruling against its proposed purchase of Cigna, the health insurance industry at large may not lose its desire to consolidate. For one, if Cigna is allowed to exit its contract with Anthem, it could be free to pursue other transactions—including a possible deal with Humana.


Trump adds little clarity to debate over how healthcare law would affect those with preexisting conditions

Monday, May 1, 2017 President Donald Trump said this weekend that Republicans’ revised healthcare bill will “beautifully" protect individuals with preexisting conditions, but he didn’t make it clear how that would work. Some groups say the amendment would make coverage less affordable for individuals who are ill when they sign up.


Survey: Medicaid enrollees report lower financial burden than privately insured

Monday, May 1, 2017 People enrolled in Medicaid plans have similar levels of access to care as people with private insurance and report they have an easier time paying medical bills, according to a new survey. About 57% of surveyed Medicaid patients rated their care over the past year as excellent or very good, compared to about 52% of the privately insured and 40% of the uninsured.


Running short on time, Covered California and insurers seek answers from GOP

Monday, May 1, 2017 From Kaiser Health News: With a deadline looming, California’s health exchange and a major insurer pressed Republican leaders in Washington to clear up confusion over their commitment to key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Amid this political uncertainty, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told insurers this week they could submit two sets of rate filings on Monday for their exchange business.

News of Note

In a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy, the federal government has tentatively agreed to provide additional money for Florida’s “low-income pool," which helps hospitals defray the cost of uncompensated care for people who could be covered if the state expanded Medicaid. The New York Times article Several Victory-operated medical centers and surgical hospitals operating in Texas, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico have sued Blue Cross/Blue Shield over unpaid reimbursements for thousands of procedures carried out at those facilities. Complaint (PDF) Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., has come under fire from some of his fellow moderates after authoring a recent amendment to the American Health Care Act that moved the bill further right. But MacArthur said his only goal is to ensure that the Affordable Care Act can be repealed so that the individual health insurance market will survive. Associated Press article

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