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2014-04-08 12:31:17

"No meaningful progress" to maintain affordable access for Western Pennsylvania residents PITTSBURGH, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a status update concerning contract discussions with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield today said no meaningful progress is being made. Meanwhile, questions about the status of a Highmark and UPMC contract continue to be asked by area employers, health plan members, elected officials and the...

2014-04-02 12:31:20

Subsidy eligibility and plan pricing are key factors driving on-marketplace plan choice and enrollment decisions for Michigan consumers seeking individual coverage DETROIT, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the close of the six-month ACA Marketplace open enrollment period, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its HMO subsidiary, Blue Care Network, were selected by more than 300,000 Michigan consumers. "In a highly competitive marketplace, Michigan consumers overwhelmingly chose Blue Cross...

2014-03-19 23:28:02

Based on an analysis done by Avalere Health LLC exclusively for The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans of data recently released by CMS, Blues plans now collectively top 2 million MA members. Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 Collectively, the nation’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans began 2014 with nearly 2.3 million Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees — up almost 16% since February 2013, according to an exclusive analysis done by Avalere Health LLC of data from the...

2014-03-04 00:21:28

Bills would include e-cigarettes in Freedom to Breathe Act and keep them out of kids' hands ST. PAUL, Minn., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Policy Committee passed Senate File 2027, which would expand protections under the Freedom to Breathe Act by prohibiting e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited, require that e-cigarettes be placed behind the counter in stores and penalize retailers who sell to minors. The bill was...

2014-02-19 08:27:07

NEW YORK, Feb 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's Federal Employee Program (FEP) today announced the successful roll-out of a broad range of health management and healthcare transparency solutions to five million Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan members. As of January 1, Service Benefit Plan members have access to a range of wellness services and solutions...

2014-02-18 16:26:14

Highmark files for approval with Pennsylvania Insurance Department WILKES-BARRE, Pa. and PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The boards of directors of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) and Highmark Inc. (Highmark) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge, marking a key milestone in bringing together the two not-for-profit health insurance leaders to better serve the communities of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. "This definitive...

2014-01-28 12:28:55

Agreement complements new models of care EAGAN and ROCHESTER, Minn., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state's leading nonprofit health plan, and Mayo Clinic Health System, a family of clinics, hospitals and health care facilities owned by Mayo Clinic, today announced a new, three-year agreement that is designed to promote quality care while lowering overall costs. The new agreement complements Mayo Clinic Health System's efforts...

2014-01-09 08:26:39

GeoBlue, an international health insurance product offered in the U.S. via the BCBS network, to be expanded. CHICAGO and LONDON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Bupa today announced a strategic global partnership that will create the largest healthcare provider network in the world for international health insurance customers. The U.K.-headquartered international healthcare company Bupa, and the largest U.S.-based health...

2013-12-18 23:28:16

The December issue of The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans* takes a look at the early outcomes of South Carolina’s Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI), featuring interviews with officials from the South Carolina Blues plan and South Carolina’s Medicaid program. Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 In an unprecedented public-private effort to save babies and money, South Carolina Medicaid stopped paying for early, elective deliveries as of Jan. 1, 2013, and so did...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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