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Affordable Care Act – Revised

House Republicans revealed on Monday, March 6, their long awaited replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill is titled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and at 70 pages is significantly smaller than its predecessor. As originally presented before committee review, highlights include: the repeal of  individual mandates; employer mandates; and subsidies for […]

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Rocky Mountain Health Plans & UnitedHealthcare – Unite

Eight months after first announced, the merger between UnitedHealthcare and Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) was officially sealed on March 2, 2017.    UnitedHealthcare will pay $36 million for RMHP.    As a nonprofit at the time of sale, proceeds will be funneled to Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation to support its missions. The merger […]

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United Gets O.K. to Proceed with RMHP Acquisition

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar has signed off on the sale of Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) to UnitedHealthcare.  Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has also given her legal approval to the merger.  It is anticipated that the merger will allow RMHP to operate as its own brand, and maintain current contracts with […]

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Anthem/Cigna Merger Blocked. Cigna Seeks Damages/Anthem Counters.

Anthem seeks a restraining order against Cigna in the aftermath of its failed merger deal with the insurer.  Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled to block the $48 billion merger of the two health insurers on antitrust grounds.  In advance of the ruling, Anthem extended the merger agreement with Cigna to […]

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Aetna/Humana Merger Blocked

U.S. Federal District Judge John Bates has blocked the merger of Aetna and Humana on antitrust grounds.  The Judge ruled that the Department of Justice had proven its case that the merger would adversely impact competition particularly in the Medicare Advantage market.  If completed, the merger would have created the largest U.S. seller of private […]

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Lockton Releases “2017 Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Report”

The Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group released its 16th annual Colorado employer survey on December 29, 2016.  The company requested  280 employers from across the State to provide information on their employee benefit offerings for 2017.  The survey results represent a cross section of the Colorado market. The survey findings revealed that:  1.  Colorado outpaces […]

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THREE CHEERS FOR NEW YEARS. WE’LL BE BACK IN 2017!

We at HCCA would like to thank you for your support in 2016, and we look forward to being one of your sources for healthcare information in 2017. May your holidays be filled with family and friends.  THREE CHEERS FOR NEW YEARS.  Back in touch in 2017!  ENJOY!

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Recall Petition Delivered to Park Hospital Board

A recall petition with 458 signatures has been delivered to the Park Hospital Board of Directors.  It included a list of several transparency grievances and called for the immediate resignation of Hospital Board President Diana Van Der Ploeg and removal of Estes Park Medical Center’s Interim CEO Mark Gregson. Gregson has served in interim positions […]

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$6.3 Billion Cures Act Bill Heads to President’s Desk

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, overwhelmingly gave its vote of support to the 21st Century Cures Act that is designed to overhaul the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines for market. The bipartisan effort was spearheaded in the House by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).  […]

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In Memorium: Sheila Bugdanowitz

Sheila Bugdanowitz, an icon in the Colorado philanthropic community unexpectantly passed on December 4, 2016.  She had lead the Rose Community Foundation since 1998 as president and chief executive officer.  In the words of the Board of Trustees Chair, Jerry Click: “She embodied the Foundation’s values of philanthropy, justice and non-discrimination and its mission to […]

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HCCA, publishers of the Colorado Managed Care Newsletter, began reporting on the financing of healthcare in Colorado in December of 1983. As we begin our 33rd year, we are grateful for the opportunity to be one of your sources of information in this ever-changing, healthcare market.