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Aetna Humana Merger

Aetna – Humana Merger Blocked

In what is seen as a capstone to the antitrust enforcement agenda by the former Obama administration, a federal judge struck down the $37 billion deal with rival insurers Humana Inc. and Aetna. This as well as a separate contested merger between Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. (which has since…

Trump Era: Executive Orders Employers Should Bookmark

In his first 21 days as President, Donald Trump has already made history by having the most executive orders and memorandums issued by a U.S President (previously held by President Obama). True to his word, President Trump stirred the pot in Washington leaving many employers in a frenzy to keep…
Trumpcare Highlights

Trumpcare Highlights: Where Healthcare Could Be Headed

Tom Price (Republican Congressman from Georgia), an orthopedic surgeon, is Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2014, He authored the “Empowering Patients First Act”. Seema Verma (Founder and CEO of the consulting firm SVC, Inc.) is Trump’s choice to head the Centers for…
Adjusted ACA Fees for 2017

Adjusted ACA Fees for 2017

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee (PCORI) The new PCORI fee for 2017 is $2.26 per life for policy and plan years ending on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017. Health insurers and sponsors of self-insured health plans are required to pay the fee and file Form……
21st Century Cures Act

21st Century Cures Act

After the House and Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, it went to President Obama who signed it earlier this week. The long-awaited legislation covers the following 5 major points, along with other changes in research, funding, and new drug approval. Focus on health information technology (HIT) The bill……