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2019 payments to Medicare Advantage plans increases 3.4 percent

Last week the government stated it would increase 2019 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and the disabled by 3.40 percent. This is due to the higher-than-expected rise of enrollments reflecting a projection

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Spring cleaning for life and health

Spring cleaning is typically referred to as a time to deep clean after those cold dreary days. We are beyond ready to open and air out the house, let the fresh air in and start anew. How about applying this to

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Walmart talks about buying Humana

The Wall Street Journal released yesterday that Walmart, Inc. is in the early stages of discussion to acquire Humana, Inc. The two have been working together since 2010, selling low-cost prescription drug plans to medicare beneficiaries. One report states, “for Walmart,

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CVS and Aetna merge to surge

Another merge in the making….shareholders for Aetna and CVS recently approved the merge by 97%. If approved, the nation’s largest pharmacy network will acquire the third-largest health insurer and is set to be finalized by the second half of the year.

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Cigna is set to acquire Express Scripts for $67 billion

Yesterday, Cigna and Express Scripts released they are in a definitive agreement whereas Cigna will acquire Express Scripts. This press release stated this merger is expected to “drive greater affordability and connectivity with customers and their health care providers, while

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CMS rejects Arkansas’ request to scale back Medicaid expansion

On Monday, CMS rejected Arkansas’ request to roll back its Medicaid expansion. However, they did  approved the state’s proposal to impose work requirements on current Medicaid beneficiaries. Modern Healthcare reports, “the state sought to scale back eligibility to residents earning

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New Medicare Cards are coming

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Make sure your client’s address is updated at Social Security

Starting April 2018, the new Medicare cards will be hitting the mail. This provides a perfect opportunity to complete a service call to your clients. Service calls are a great way to show clients you care and a great time to work

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Mercy Health and Bon Secours to merge

Just yesterday we learned that Mercy Health and Bon Secours Healthy System is planning to merge to form a 43-hospital entity that serves the follow states: Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida and New York. Executives of the Catholic

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The Donut Hole Will Close in 2019

Yes, you heard me right! Last Friday, President Trump signed a budget deal which will provide relief to Medicare beneficiaries a year earlier than expected. Medicare beneficiaries who are on a Part D Drug Plan and pay excessive amounts for

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