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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.

Aetna, Other Insurers Will Start Covering Weight Loss Drug Wegovy For Heart Conditions

Aetna, Elevance Health and Kaiser Permanente will cover Wegovy to reduce heart attack risk in Medicare patients with heart conditions, following the FDA's approval of the drug to reduce stroke or heart attack risk in March.

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Rising Complaints of Unauthorized Obamacare Plan-Switching and Sign-Ups Trigger Concern

Federal and state regulators aren’t doing enough to stop the growing problem of rogue health insurance brokers making unauthorized policy switches for Affordable Care Act policyholders, say consumers, agents, nonprofit enrollee assistance groups, and other insurance experts. “We think it’s urgent and it requires a lot more attention and resources,” said Jennifer Sullivan, director of ...

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California Democrats Seek $1.5 Billion For Low-Income Health Care. GOP Wants Answers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are trying to find a way to fund Medi-Cal and other promised safety net programs while dealing with a projected deficit of $38 billion to $73 billion.

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Kaiser Permanente-Backed Habitat Health To Offer PACE Services In 2025

Kaiser Permanente and a pair of investment firms have unveiled a joint venture to help older, low-income adults receive care support without needing to be moved from their homes.

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Hospitals Cash In on a Private Equity-Backed Trend: Concierge Physician Care

Nonprofit hospitals created largely to serve the poor are adding concierge physician practices, charging patients annual membership fees of $2,000 or more for easier access to their doctors.

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How Amazon Pharmacy Is Using AI To Deliver Medications Faster As It Expands Same-Day Delivery

Amazon Pharmacy expanded its same-day medication delivery service to New York City and Los Angeles, with plans to add a dozen more U.S. cities by the end of the year, the company announced Tuesday. Amazon’s pharmacy business plans to use environmentally friendly delivery vehicles, including e-bikes and electronic vans, with a strategy to pick the ...

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Costco Will Offer Weight Loss Program To Members Through Medical Partner

Costco and its low-cost health care partner are expanding into weight-loss management. Costco will begin offering its members in the U.S. access to a weight loss program through Sesame, a health care marketplace, Sesame exclusively told USA TODAY. The service, which will cost $179 every three months, is scheduled to become available April 2. “We are witnessing ...

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The Future of Medicare Advantage

This year US health insurers have to navigate strong crosscurrents from demographic shifts, regulatory changes, and member preferences. How they react now can have an impact for years to come.

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7 Tips For Insurance Agents To Start Paid Search Marketing

Paid search is a powerful marketing channel for a wide variety of industries. For those unfamiliar with the concept, let’s answer a relatively common question folks new to digital marketing principles may have. What is Paid Search? Paid search (or Search Engine Marketing) is the process of placing ads in search engines based on a ...

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Benefits Disconnect? Employees Prioritize Pay & 401(K), While Employers Do Not

Employers emphasize an increase in health and dental insurance, while employees say increased pay and 401(k) matches are tops, and this could be part of the ongoing issue of high turnover, a new study suggests.

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