Humana and UnitedHealth launch insurance company blockchain pilot

Insurance company blockchain Pilot Launched by Humana and UntiedHealth

The massive American insurers have announced their test to improve healthcare data quality. Two of the largest insurers in the United States have come together to launch an insurance company blockchain pilot. The purpose is to be able to improve the quality of healthcare data. This technology could provide a considerable opportunity for data analytics for health insurers. Humana and UnitedHealth Group are traditionally competitors in the health insurance industry. However, they are working together in this insurance company blockchain pilot program. They are partnered with Quest Diagnostics and MultiPlan…

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Walmart health insurance acquisition talks underway with Humana

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The largest retail chain in the world is reportedly in early-stage negotiations with the insurer. A new Walmart health insurance company may one day form if its acquisition of Humana is successful. The Wall Street Journal reported that the retailer was in talks with the insurer for precisely that purpose. Reuters soon after reported that the companies were working on a possible partnership without ruling out an acquisition. Humana’s shares skyrocketed by up to 13 percent during the trade hours following the reports. The Walmart health insurance talks also gave…

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Health plan premiums could rise by $2,000 for older Americans under Trump proposal

Health Plan Premiums Could Rise

The Trump administration has proposed a rule to allow short-term policies to provide longer coverage. Trump’s proposal regarding short-term policies could drive health plan premiums skyward. Older American adults would be the most affected by this change. The proposal involves allowing 364 days of coverage instead of the current cap at 3 months. Short-term health policies typically come with smaller premiums than full one-year plans The short term policies are sold not through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges. They come with lower health plan premiums because they don’t…

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California health insurance premiums may spike, analysis

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Covered California predicts a possible spike in rates residents are paying for policies. California health insurance premiums may sharply rise over the next few years. In fact, Covered California’s own analysis predicts a 35 percent increase by 2021. When compared to the current rates, Californian consumers may pay 35 percent more over three years. The state is among a total of 15 predicting average rate hikes of 35 percent by 2021 compared to their current rates. Across the United States, consumers purchasing coverage on an insurance exchange may pay more.…

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Idaho health insurance plans draw Trump administration warning

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The state has announced its intentions to allow certain medical policies that don’t comply with the ACA. The Trump administration has sent a written warning regarding Idaho health insurance plans. The state revealed its intentions to begin selling health policies that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. The Trump administration said Idaho’s move “may not be substantially enforcing” the health care law. The letter was issued as a warning. Trump’s administration sent it to Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter (R). The letter was also sent to the Idaho…

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Health insurance complaints rise 30 percent, breaking previous records

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The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman recorded a striking spike in the number of complaints filed. The total number of health insurance complaints rose by 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, says the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman in Australia. The Ombudsman recorded the massive rise in the number of filings it received, bringing the total to 5750 in 2016-2017. There were many issues involved in the complaints, but the majority were driven by Medibank. The Ombudsman’s most recent State of the Health Funds report said that the “increase of over 1300…

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Health insurance expenses bring stress to uninsured American adults

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A new report shows uninsured people are hesitant to purchase a policy due to anticipated rising costs. Approximately 71 percent of uninsured American adults who were aware of the open enrollment period chose not to purchase a plan due to expected increasing health insurance expenses. They risk failure to comply with the Affordable Care Act to sidestep rising costs. This represents a potential shift in the level of confidence that the ACA will stay in effect. The research was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund. The results were published in a…

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Nevada’s new health insurance enrollment system to stop next year

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The state’s technical problems with the system have forced it to need to shut down in 2019. The original Nevada health insurance enrollment system put into place by the end of 2014 had serious glitches. Those glitches caused many people to suffer unnecessary additional health care expenses. The problem with the original health plan enrollment service was in its record keeping. Thousands of people across Nevada complained that their policies were not kept up to date through the health plan enrollment service. Their coverage was cancelled for non-payment, despite the…

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Health insurance plan coverage reaching all but 7 percent of Californians

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A new nationwide study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics examined uninsured rates. Nearly 29 million Americans across the country currently lack a health insurance plan. This is a considerable reduction in the uninsured rate. In 2010, almost 49 million Americans didn’t have health insurance coverage. Californians are faring even better than the rest of the country in terms of their coverage rates. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, Texans are the Americans least likely to have a health insurance plan. In that state, 20…

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California health insurance regulators launches investigation into Aetna

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The insurer’s coverage practices will be examined by the two different state departments. Two California health insurance regulators have stated their intentions to investigate Aetna’s coverage decision processes. This examination of the insurer is a result of a lawsuit filed by a Californian man. The man filed the lawsuit against the country’s third largest insurance company, alleging improper care denial. The two California health insurance regulators will conduct the investigation in order to help determine whether or not Aetna’s decision processes are acceptable. The opening arguments in the case were…

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