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Suicide attempts and hospitals admissions linked to non-opioid drugs on the rise

All states have seen increases in gabapentin exposures over a five-year period, coinciding with a decline in opioid prescriptions.

Employer-based health coverage remains strong, though concerns about affordability remain

Mental health benefits have also become important for employers, recognizing that it has an effect on absenteeism and productivity.

How changing Affordable Care Act rules affected health insurance premium costs

It’s the unanticipated consequence of the 2017 cut of the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers.

Shortage of specialists negatively impacting patients in rural areas

Medicare recipients with chronic conditions such as heart failure or diabetes who live in rural locations have higher death and hospitalization rates.

AHIP, BCBS Association support lawsuit against health insurance tax for Medicaid managed care

The tax is scheduled to go into effect in 2020.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveils plan to reduce inequities in healthcare access

Buttigieg would combat racial and gender bias in part by redirecting funding to under-resourced communities.

Horizon BCBSNJ and MOBE partner on reinsurance model for cost savings

Targeted services for frequent users come at no cost to the insurer or individual, but results in savings for the health plan.

Affordable Care Act open enrollment figures jump in Week 4

With less than two weeks to enroll, both the number of new and renewing consumers increased this year over last.

CVS Health to acquire IlliniCare Health in agreement with Centene

Centene will retain IlliniCare’s Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative business and its YouthCare foster care contract, set for February.

Partners HealthCare announces rebranding to Mass General Brigham

The new name aligns more closely to the system’s academic medical centers and is being launched at the same time as a five-year strategic plan.

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