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This broad category includes articles concerning health insurance costs, carrier and health plan news, changing benefits technology, and surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and others on employee benefits.

Medicare’s Drug-Pricing Experiment Stirs Opposition

Aiming to keep costs in check, Medicare is proposing to test different ways to pay for drugs — one of which is similar to CalPERs’ price-control effort for certain surgeries.

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CaliforniaChoice Launches MyCalChoice Website for Employers

CHOICE Administrators, the parent organization of California’s first small business private health insurance exchange, has launched a new website that provides business owners and human resources (HR) managers with direct access to CaliforniaChoice’s small group health plan options.

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Blue Shield ‘Lifts The Veil’ On Executive Pay

In its first detailed disclosure on executive pay, nonprofit Blue Shield of California said Chief Executive Paul Markovich made $3.5 million last year – a 40 percent increase since he took the top job in 2013.

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Price Increases for Obamacare Depend on Where You Live

Obamacare prices are all over the map.

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Average Family Healthcare Costs Have Tripled Since 2001

The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed Tuesday.

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Anthem CEO Says Cigna Deal Moving Forward

Anthem Inc. Chief Executive Joseph R. Swedish acknowledged “dynamic tension” with Cigna Corp. over their $48 billion pending merger, but said the health insurers had resolved differences and are on track to receive regulatory approval.

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Number of Uninsured in U.S. Dropped Below 10% for First Time in 2015

About 9.1% of people in the U.S., or around 28.6 million, were uninsured in 2015 according to federal statistics released Tuesday.

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Nevada Health Exchange May Be Overpaying For Navigator Outreach

A state audit released Tuesday raised questions about whether Nevada's health insurance exchange is using its money wisely, citing outreach organizations that are being paid tens of thousands of dollars but haven't provided proof that they were promoting the exchange for much of that time.

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Ballot Measure Seeks To Protect Use Of Hospital Fees For Low-Income Health Coverage

A joint legislative committee Wednesday will hear pro and con arguments on a ballot measure intended to protect an important source of funding for low-income Californians.

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CalPERS Taps UnitedHealth To Run Its Prescription Drug Business

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has picked a unit of UnitedHealth Group to run its pharmacy business, hoping the nation’s largest health insurer can help contain the soaring cost of prescription drugs.

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