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Review shows feds misstated Arizona insurance co-op results

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal government analysis that said Arizona's health insurance co-op had gotten just a fraction of its projected enrollment last year missed thousands of signups and incorrectly showed the state nonprofit set up under the Affordable Care Act signed up only 4 percent of the people it expected in 2014. The report by the inspector general for the U.S. Health and Human Services ...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press
A positive side effect of health-insurance mergers

One of the underreported benefits of the recently announced mergers of health insurers Anthem (NYSE: ANTM)and Cigna (NYSE: CI), and Aetna (NYSE: AET)and Humana (NYSE: HUM), is that it should speed up innovation in health care. There is little doubt consolidation will give insurers greater bargaining power with which to negotiate better rates with providers. It will also reduce administrative ...
Source: CNBC.com | By: Jon Kaplan, senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group
Watch out for this pricy Medicare misstep

As Medicare celebrates its 50th anniversary, consumers may find there's still plenty about the government program that's tough to cheer about, if they're not careful about their choices. "I don't think Medicare is very user friendly, although they have tried to be," said economist Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Read More 401(k) contributions hit record highs One of ...
Source: CNBC.com | By: Kelli B. Grant