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3 questions advisers should ask about the potential CVS-Aetna deal | Employee Benefit Adviser

October 31st, 2017

3 questions advisers should ask about the potential CVS-Aetna deal | Employee Benefit Adviser

The news that CVS has reportedly launched a $66 billion bid to buy Aetna shows that once unimaginable mergers are becoming the norm. But it also raises some important questions for brokers about the future of group benefits, and how to operate in a fast-moving and constantly changing landscape.

Is Healthcare Cost Sharing the Answer?

October 31st, 2017

Is Healthcare Cost Sharing the Answer?

Republicans talk up the appeal of consumer-directed healthcare spending. This is often a health savings account, or HSA, usually combined with a high-deductible insurance policy. Consumers can save and invest, tax-free, in their HSA and then use that money to pay out-of-pocket costs.

CVS to Buy Aetna for $66 Billion. Is a consolidation about to occur?

October 27th, 2017

By Zachary Tracer and Robert Langreth
(Bloomberg) -- Aetna Inc. gained in New York trading after
the Wall Street Journal reported that CVS Health Corp. is in
talks to buy the insurer for more than $66 billion.
Aetna jumped 12 percent to $178.60, closing at a record
high, while CVS fell 2.9 percent to $73.31. Spokesmen for Aetna
and CVS declined to comment.

NAHU “Operation Shout”

October 24th, 2017

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NAHU is excited to announce that earlier this month Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced S. 1908, and Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3919. These bipartisan bills will provide much-needed relief for employers seeking to comply with the reporting requirements under Sections 6055 and 6056 for enforcement of the ACA's individual and employer mandates.

Many U.S. Cities Lack Health Insurance Competition

October 24th, 2017

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single company dominates the health insurance market in many U.S. cities -- and that dangerous trend is increasing, according to a new American Medical Association (AMA) report.

Analyzing 2016 data, researchers found that in 43 percent of 389 cities, just one health insurer had at least a 50 percent share of the market.

Mitch McConnell said he’s waiting to hear if President Trump will support a proposed bipartisan healthcare fix before bringing the measure up for a vote.

October 23rd, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's waiting to hear if President Trump will support a proposed bipartisan healthcare fix before bringing the measure up for a vote.

The plan to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act and stabilize health insurance markets is backed by 12 Republican and 48 Democratic senators.

The CEO’s Guide To Restoring The American Dream

October 23rd, 2017

For a preview of David Chase's new book on Restoring the American Dream through Healthcare watch him speak at TED talks here

Below is the forward written by Brian Klepper followed by the full book attached if you care to read about David's analysis on bringing efficient Healthcare to America.

Anthem Joins With CVS to Start Its Own Pharmacy Business

October 20th, 2017

Could this be the continuation of a shift in RX? Note that we've highlighted a possible new entrant with $20 Billion dollars of cash on hand in the story below.

Anthem, one of the nation’s major health insurance companies, said on Wednesday that it planned to start its own business to manage prescription drug plans by partnering with CVS Health, the large pharmacy benefit manager and drugstore chain.

NAHU Washington Update 10/20/17

October 20th, 2017

Our friends over at NAHU have some important updates for you with the news cycle heating up in Washington.

Stay tuned and consider joining your local chapter at NAHU  (((Consider that your career is in the hands of Congress)))

NAHU-supported market stability legislation was introduced with bipartisan support from 24 senators to provide funding for the ACA's cost sharing reduction program, provide additional state flexibility through waivers, and other provisions.