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California’s Commissioner is Asking U.S. to Stop Anthem-Cigna Deal

California’s insurance commissioner wants the U.S. Department of Justice to block health insurer Anthem Inc.’s acquisition of Cigna Corp, saying he is concerned it will raise premiums in the state. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who does not have authority to …

Canada Health Startup Uses App to Connect Employees with Services

League Inc., a Canadian health-insurance startup, is raising $25 million in a funding round backed by Omers Ventures, Royal Bank of Canada and Manulife Financial Corp. Toronto-based League lets employees find and pay for services such as therapy, dental work …

Missouri Governor Signs Bills Expanding Access to Medicines

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed two bills aimed at expanding patient access to either cheaper biologic drugs or more expensive prescriptions. Nixon signed the legislation on June 8. One bill includes new rules for step therapy, which is the …

Health Insurers Seek Big Premium Increases in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s insurance regulators are starting a review of health plans for coverage next year through the federal marketplaces, including several that seek premium increases in excess of 40 percent. The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance said the proposed premium increase for …

New York Bill Aims to Expand Contraception Insurance Coverage

Advocates, lawmakers, and physicians are calling for the passage of a bill that would provide insurance coverage for all FDA approved contraceptive drugs and products in New York. The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act would guarantee co-pay free coverage, allow access …

Pittsburgh-Based Highmark Sues Federal Government Over ACA Payments

Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark Inc. is suing the federal government saying it’s owed about $223 million under the Affordable Care Act for losses in 2014. Highmark filed the lawsuit in a Washington federal claims court on Tuesday. The health insurer …

Health Insurers File Proposed Rates for 2017 DC Health Link

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) said it has received 170 proposed health insurance plan rates for review from four major insurers in advance of the fourth year of open enrollment on DC Health Link, …

Maine Insurers Request Double-Digit Rate Hikes Under Health Care Law

Insurers are seeking double-digit premium increases in the coming year for tens of thousands of Mainers who receive insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care law. Proposals filed with the Maine Bureau of Insurance would raise individual plan premiums between …

N.Y. Extends Health Insurance Enrollment Period for Domestic Violence Victims

New York is requiring health insurers providing individual coverage through the state health exchange to allow victims of domestic violence or abandonment to enroll at any time. The Department of Financial Services says those enrollments should be available starting Friday …

Delaware Prohibits Limiting Transgender Health Care Coverage

Insurance companies in Delaware will be prohibited from limiting health care coverage for transgender individuals. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reports that Delaware has become the 15th state in the country to prohibit private insurers from denying, canceling, terminating …