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Optum to Buy DaVita Medical Group

In a joint news release, the Optum Division of UnitedHealth Group has announced its intentions to acquire the DaVita Medical Group, a division of DaVita Inc.  The cash purchase price is set at $4.9 billion.   DaVita has expressed an interest in using a portion of the purchase price to buy back stock.  Pending regulatory approval, […]

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50 Percent Drop in Teen Pregnancies Over Last Eight Years

Officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced in late November that the teen pregnancy rate in Colorado has dropped by a staggering 54 percent and the teen abortion rate by 64 percent since the implementation eight years ago of a no or low-cost contraception program. The teen-pregnancy prevention program is available […]

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CVS/Aetna Deal Would Change Care Delivery Model

On December 3, CVS confirmed that it has agreed to buy Aetna for $69 billion.  The acquisition would change the health care delivery model by opening up 10,000 CVS pharmacies  to clinic locations.  Routine care,  oversight of chronic illnesses, lab monitoring and counseling could all be provided in a convenient, close to home setting. CVS […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We at HCCA are grateful for the support we’ve received over the years from so many of you.  Thank you! May your day be filled with reasons to be thankful!    

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Senate Tax Reform Bill Cuts ACA Individual Mandate

In an effort to address two top domestic challenges, Senate Republican Leadership will add repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to their tax reform bill.  The individual mandate requires most Americans to carry health insurance or face a significant financial penalty for non-compliance. The Senate calculates that the repeal would free up around […]

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Open Enrollment – November 1

Open Enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage under “Connect for Health Colorado” begins next Wednesday, Nov. 1.  Given the confusion surrounding insurance options and subsidies for next year, the Colorado Division of Insurance has extended the enrollment period.  It will stretch from November 1, 2017 to January 12, 2018.  This is close to a month […]

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On-Average 27 Percent Hike in Individual Health Premiums for 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved both the individual and small group health insurance plans for 2018.   The increase for individual-market health insurance premiums will be on- average 26.7 percent in 2018.   Actual approved  percentage changes by insurer range from an approved low of 11.5 percent for Rocky Mountain HMO, to an approved […]

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All On-exchange Carriers to Offer Individual Plans in 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance reports that each of the on-exchange carriers in 2017 will again offer individual plans in 2018.  Additionally, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado has agreed to offer statewide plans in 2018, relieving the concern that some of the 14 at-risk counties would not have an on-exchange option for […]

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Governors Hickenlooper & Kasich Close to Unveiling Bipartisan Health Plan

In advance of Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C. on substantive changes to the ACA,  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will present a bipartisan Health Care Plan for consideration.  The two Governors co-wrote an editorial that appeared in The Washington Post in  June outlining a set of principals intended to stabilize the […]

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New West Physicians Acquired by UnitedHealth Group

In June, Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, acquired New West Physicians, one of metro-Denver’s largest physician practices with 120 health-care providers.   Optum is the innovation arm of UnitedHealth Group and has been purchasing primary-care group practices around the country for the past six years.  It functions independently from UnitedHealth’s insurance company. The acquisition will […]

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