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Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene Corporation and Health Net, Inc. announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Centene will acquire all of the shares of Health Net in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.8 billion, including the assumption of approximately $500 million of debt. [More]
Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Bisexual males and females report poorer health than gays, lesbians and heterosexuals, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University. [More]

Flex reveals employers' current usage and future impact of ACA

Today, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation, a leading benefits administrator publicly released its first FSA, HSA & HRA Report: Trends & Predictions. The report, which was based on a nationwide survey on these Consumer-Driven Accounts, reveals employers' current usage and future impacts as the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented and market conditions change. [More]

Study identifies effective market research approaches for understanding payer decision-making

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week in support of the Affordable Care Act was good news for the health insurance industry. If the court had ruled against the government, insurers were at risk of losing millions of customers. [More]
ASTRO appreciates Supreme Court's decision to uphold consumer tax credits under the ACA

ASTRO appreciates Supreme Court's decision to uphold consumer tax credits under the ACA

The American Society for Radiation Oncology appreciates yesterday's ruling by the United States Supreme Court affirming the Affordable Care Act in its decision on King v. Burwell. [More]
ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! [More]
AMGA appreciates Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell case

AMGA appreciates Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell case

Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Government's ability to offer health insurance premiums on the Federal health insurance marketplace. [More]
ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

The decision today by the Supreme Court will prevent millions of people from losing their health insurance, but does not stem the rising tide of visits to the nation's emergency departments or solve other problems emerging in the post-Affordable Care Act health care system, according to a statement from Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). [More]

Tissue Regenix secures Medicare approval for DermaPure reimbursement

Tissue Regenix Group plc, the regenerative medical devices company, today announces it has secured approval from the Noridian Healthcare Solutions and Palmetto GBA Medicare administrators for DermaPure reimbursement. [More]
Chronic disease, mental health issues affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics

Chronic disease, mental health issues affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics

Chronic disease and mental health issues disproportionately affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two new studies by the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities shed light on the causes and impacts of this disparity. [More]
Study shows cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients

Study shows cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients

Cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients, a disparity that is not explained by differences in their access to health care, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits, according to research from Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Community Health and the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College. [More]
Pioglitazone drug significantly decreases risk of dementia

Pioglitazone drug significantly decreases risk of dementia

Patients with type 2 diabetes have a dysfunctional sugar metabolism because the essential hormone insulin does not work effectively. Once the disease reaches an advanced stage, the body stops producing insulin altogether, which means that it has to be administered externally. [More]

Centene recognized with Auburn University's Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award

Centene Corporation announced today that the company received the Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award at Auburn University's Anti-Bullying Summit in Peachtree City, Georgia. [More]
PD linked to increased cancer risk in Asian population

PD linked to increased cancer risk in Asian population

A Taiwanese population-based cohort study reports an increased risk of most cancers in patients with Parkinson’s disease, contrasting with findings in Western populations. [More]
Selecting health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov particularly challenging for young adults

Selecting health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov particularly challenging for young adults

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care. [More]
New study finds that ACA has great potential to improve health care for people with diabetes

New study finds that ACA has great potential to improve health care for people with diabetes

The Affordable Care Act has great potential to improve health and health care for people with diabetes, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. [More]
HIV-infected transgender women in US have unmet basic needs, less likely to achieve viral suppression

HIV-infected transgender women in US have unmet basic needs, less likely to achieve viral suppression

A new CDC study that combines 3 years of data to produce nationally representative estimates characterizing HIV-infected adults receiving care in the U.S. shows that those who identify as transgender women are significantly less likely to adhere to anti-HIV medication regimens and to achieve viral suppression. [More]
Intralign Health inks physician participation agreement with CareFirst

Intralign Health inks physician participation agreement with CareFirst

Intralign Health, LLC, a specialty healthcare services provider, announced today that it has signed a physician participation agreement with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a not-for-profit health insurer serving approximately 3.4 million individuals. The agreement allows Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) in-network status for their support of surgeons in Maryland hospitals. [More]
Everyday Health, Wildflower Health partner to improve health outcomes in pregnant women

Everyday Health, Wildflower Health partner to improve health outcomes in pregnant women

Everyday Health, Inc., a leading digital health and wellness company, today announced a strategic partnership with Wildflower Health. Through this partnership, Everyday Health expands its suite of offerings to help health plans and employers reach and engage pregnant women earlier in their pregnancies to improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs. [More]
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