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  • Insurers Accused of Discriminating Against AIDS Patients

    Advocates for people with HIV and AIDS charged that insurers including Aetna Inc., Humana Inc. and Cigna Corp. have discriminated against Obamacare patients in Florida infected with the virus.

  • Insurers Say Most Obamacare Customers Paid First Premiums

    Three large health insurers including WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.

  • Obamacare Co-Ops Defy Forecasts to Win Market Share

    In Maine, the insurer that has enrolled the most Obamacare customers isn’t the state’s well- established Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, owned by WellPoint Inc. It’s WellPoint’s only rival: Maine Community Health Options, a startup that didn’t exist three years ago.

  • Back-End Errors at U.S. Health Website Jeopardize Sign-Up

    There’s no way to tell how many people who think they enrolled for health insurance through the U.S. Obamacare exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 files sent to insurers had garbled and incomplete information.

  • Obamacare Insurer WellPoint Sees Double-Digit Rate Rise

    Two months before health insurers must submit rate proposals for 2015 to government regulators, WellPoint Inc. fired a surprising shot across their bow by predicting it may ask for “double-digit plus” increases.

  • Aetna Says Policy on Baxter and Grifols Drugs Unchanged

    Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said its coverage policies for immune system disorders treatments from Baxter International Inc. and Grifols SA are unchanged, contrary to an analyst report that said the insurer would favor the Grifols product.

  • Questcor Plunges After Aetna Limits Coverage of Drug

    Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell the most in 20 years after insurer Aetna Inc. said it would limit coverage of the company’s top-selling drug. The drugmaker said it doesn’t expect a “material impact” from the change.

  • New York Orders 11 Insurers to Refund Money

    WellPoint Inc., the largest U.S. insurer by enrollment, and Aetna Inc., the third biggest, are among 11 insurers ordered to refund money to almost 600,000 New Yorkers who were charged too much for health insurance.

  • Insurers Balk at Obamacare Concessions as Risk Pool Thins

    Americans have more time to pay for their new Obamacare health plans, thanks to the insurance industry. What they don’t have is more time to sign up.

  • Obama Health Plan Cancellation Fix Draws Cost Warnings

    Just hours after President Barack Obama announced a one-year reprieve for canceled insurance plans, industry executives warned it would cost taxpayers and consumers while state officials split on their support for it.

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