The health-care industry will change its focus from expanding the insurance market to reining in medical costs now that the U.S. presidential election has been decided, said Karen Ignagni, chief executive officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans.
WellPoint Inc. , UnitedHealth Group Inc. and three other health insurers, criticized by Democrats during the overhaul debate, are seeking to influence how the new law will be implemented, and possibly change it, by campaigning for supportive congressional candidates.
The heads of trade groups draw on a common set of skills to succeed. Among them: a deep knowledge of Washington’s lawmaking process, access to the capital’s power players and the ability to charm and cajole in equal measures.
The chief executive officer of an HCA-owned hospital recently went undercover, wearing a two-day- old beard and a baseball cap to pose as a patient entering his hospital. His goal: spot service flaws and get them fixed.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. and other U.S. health insurers will soon have company in Maryland: a nonprofit started by a county government that plans to sell coverage at rates as much as 30 percent lower than competitors.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. is among insurers that have told the Obama administration a proposed reduction in U.S. payments for Medicare Advantage plans relies on the faulty assumption that doctors’ fees will fall.
The worst-case scenario for insurers in the Supreme Court review of the U.S. health-care law -- eliminating the mandate that everyone have insurance while other changes remain intact -- has been tested in states such as New York, Maine and Vermont.
The number of requests by health insurers for double-digit rate increases fell about 41 percentage points since the end of 2009, according to a U.S. report that cited the success of the health-care overhaul.