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2009-11-18 14:15:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) Massachusetts today announced extraordinary results from its aggressive efforts to help Medicaid beneficiaries quit smoking by providing easy access to coverage for smoking cessation medication and counseling. Massachusetts reported that smoking rates among beneficiaries in its...

2009-11-10 16:23:00

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that its business unit, CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts Inc.(TM) (CeltiCare), and representatives from the Health Connector, met to reaffirm CeltiCare's commitment to offering high quality, affordable healthcare for all Massachusetts consumers. In July of 2009, CeltiCare went live with Commonwealth Care on schedule and on a voluntary basis. CeltiCare looks forward to delivering better...

2009-10-29 13:47:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the House leadership of healthcare reform legislation that would include a new government-run health plan: The 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies strongly support passing bipartisan comprehensive healthcare reform this year that will expand access to affordable coverage and rein in costs for everyone. We agree...

2009-10-28 10:03:00

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 28, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority (Health Connector) and Perot Systems Corporation (NYSE: PER) (www.perotsystems.com) today announced an expansion of their existing relationship in which Perot Systems will use its Xcelys health plan administration software solution to provide additional premium billing and enrollment services to the state health insurance program. Perot Systems currently provides...

2009-10-13 16:42:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after the Senate Finance Committee voted to pass the committee's health insurance reform proposal. "The Senate Finance Committee's vote represents a long-awaited and critical step in getting a health insurance reform bill to President Obama's desk that will lower costs, protect seniors, preserve your choice of plans and doctors, improve quality, and make health care affordable for the...

2009-10-06 07:30:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HMS today announced that the University of Massachusetts Medical School on behalf of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EHS) Office of Medicaid has awarded a contract to Permedion, Inc., HMS's wholly owned subsidiary, to provide utilization management of inpatient and outpatient services rendered to members of MassHealth. MassHealth is the Massachusetts Medicaid program. The company will review services provided to members at...

2009-09-29 14:02:23

The level of public support for the Massachusetts health insurance law declined from 69 percent in 2008 to 59 percent, a state survey indicates. The poll by the Harvard School of Public Health and The Boston Globe questioned Massachusetts residents on the 2006 law, which has extended health insurance for 75 percent of previously uninsured state residents. Massachusetts is facing a severe recession, state budgetary and fiscal problems and rising healthcare costs, but 79 percent want the law...

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2009-09-16 06:35:00

The past ten years have seen health insurance premiums more than double for U.S. workers and their families obtaining health insurance from employers. According to two reports released on Tuesday, the continual hike in the cost of company-provided healthcare is not expected to end any time soon. The average premium for a company-provided family health insurance plan went up from $5,791 in 1999 to $13,375, which marks a 131 percent jump, said the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Business...

2009-09-15 13:44:42

An annual U.S. survey of non-federal private and public employers indicates most employers and employees are paying more for health insurance. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust survey found in 2009, the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance were $4,824 for single coverage and $13,375 for family coverage. Premiums for family coverage are 5 percent higher than last year, but there was no statistically significant growth in...

2009-09-09 10:56:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A mixed picture emerges from a new study commissioned by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation on America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200). The study, conducted by The Lewin Group, provides a critical look at longer-term cost implications of a major comprehensive health care reform proposal, estimating the impacts through the year 2029, making it the first analysis of health care reform costs beyond 2019. The study examines the House...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
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