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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! 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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Best Hospitals within Colorado According to the U.S. News Survey

The U.S. News & World Report national hospital survey also ranks hospitals within each state based on the number of national specialty rankings and merit rankings by procedures/conditions in which each has excelled.  The top twelve Colorado Hospitals in order by number of ranked and high performing specialties are: University of Colorado Hospital   Aurora – […]

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Colorado Hospitals Among Nation’s Best in U.S. News & World Report Survey

The University of Colorado Hospital has been ranked #15 in the nation in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Ranking”.   University of Colorado Hospital was nationally ranked in 11 specialties.  This is a five slot improvement from last year when it was ranked as #20 in the nation and is […]

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