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May 7, 2008
Education Leads to Satisfaction
Les Masterson, Senior Editor-Managed Care

A health plan's communication with members is a critical component that directly influences whether the member feels engaged and will impact how a person ranks his or her health insurer. That was the key finding in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 National Health Insurance Plan Study. A total of 37,060 members of large commercial plans (excluding Medicare and Medicaid) completed the survey, which measured member satisfaction for 107 health plans. [Read More]

Editor's Picks
Florida lawmakers have healthcare plan
The Florida Legislature approved providing health insurance to nearly four million uninsured Floridians. The bill was part of a broad agreement on several health issues, including providing mandate-lite health policies that allow people to buy cheaper health insurance plans that do not require some state-mandated coverage, such as transplants and hospital-day requirements. [Read More]
Aetna to prod vendors to offer health insurance
Aetna Inc., will soon require its more than 1,300 vendors to provide employee health insurance. Aetna plans to demand at least 80% of its vendors to offer insurance by 2010 with 100% reaching that goal by 2011. The Connecticut-based insurer will send letters to vendors in the coming weeks to seek information about their vendors' employee benefits programs. [Read More]
734 businesses sign up for San Francisco health program
More than 700 San Francisco businesses signed up to take part in the city's program to provide healthcare to 73,000 uninsured residents. Healthy San Francisco currently enrolls 19,000 people, but that number will increase as the 734 businesses that signed up for the program employ more than 6,000 uninsured San Franciscans. However, the head of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which opposes the program, says he does not know of any restaurants that have signed up for Healthy San Francisco. [Read More]
Congress passes anti-genetic discrimination bill
Congress passed legislation that would forbid employers and insurance companies from using genetic tests to reject job applicants and health insurance coverage. The legislation would add anti-genetic discrimination to bans already in place that disallow discrimination by race and gender. [Read More]
Healthcare costs pinch employers
U.S. manufacturers spend twice as much on employee healthcare as foreign competitors, according to a recent study. U.S. companies spend an average of $2.38 per worker per hour on healthcare, and American automakers say health insurance adds $1,500 to the price of each car. [Read More]
Managed Care Headlines
Provider, doctors may pull out of Washington, DC, program
Washington Post, May 6, 2008
Illinois governor halts enrollment in expanded health program
AP/Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2008
The hassles of health savings accounts
Wall Street Journal (subscription required), May 1, 2008
Health savings accounts growing in popularity
AP/Yahoo News, May 1, 2008
Middle class uninsured kids' health risk almost as high as poor children's
HealthDay/Washington Post, May 5, 2008
Poll: Majority of Wisconsin residents want universal care
AP/Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2008
Federal health plan for children still leaves needs unmet
HealthDay/Washington Post, May 6, 2008
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Staying Legal
Michael Dermer, president and CEO of IncentOne, talks about legal and tax implications of incentive program design. He will be part of an audioconference on the topic on May 13. [Listen Here]
Developments in DM
Interim Report Shows Clinical Improvements for Diabetes Initiative
The Diabetes Ten City Challenge, which uses pharmacist coaches and a value-based insurance design to help patients manage chronic disease, demonstrated improvements in all key clinical indicators in the first year. [Read More]
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