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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      November 14, 2018
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  "It’s not over until it’s over is the story of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act as the politics never ends and the opportunity for obstruction never ends. But the trend overall has been to increasing implementation and increasing coverage.”  
-David Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University
Approximately 4.1 million, or 19%, of total Medicare Advantage members originated through an employer-group health plan as of October 2018. Roughly 443,000 more beneficiaries were enrolled in employer-group MA plans than in December of 2017 (a 12% increase). The top five carriers covered nearly 82% of all group Medicare Advantage enrollees as of October 1, 2018. Growth in UnitedHealth plans was the primary driver of overall enrollment gains with approximately 1.3 million group plan members to date. Aetna added 148,000 group members so far in 2018. Kaiser Foundation Group trailed UnitedHealth and Aetna’s employer-group MA membership with 536,000.

Source:  Continued Enrollment Growth in Employer-Group Medicare Advantage, Mark Farrah
  Drug pricing group launches six-figure ad buy pressuring Congress to act
The Hill, November 13, 2018

Express Scripts offers new formulary for lower list-price drugs
Reuters, November 13, 2018

Athenahealth to Sell Itself for $5.47 Billion
Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2018

Insurers put out lures as Medicare recipients face big changes
Star Tribune, November 10, 2018

Trumpeted New Medicare Advantage Benefits Will Be Hard For Seniors To Find
Kaiser Health News, November 9, 2018

Google has hired Geisinger's David Feinberg to lead its health strategy
CNBC, November 8, 2018

CVS to test stores with added health services early next year after Aetna deal
CNBC, November 6, 2018

Pharma Makes Lobbying Push to Roll Back Seniors' Drug Discounts
Bloomberg, November 5, 2018

Healthcare Experts Propose Changes to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs
HMPI, November 1, 2018

  When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More
New York Times, November 14, 2018

Health care’s big breakthroughs aren’t going to come out of Google or Amazon
Stat, November 13, 2018

With Divided Congress, Health Care Action Hightails It to the States
Roll Call, November 13, 2018

Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s
New York Times, November 12, 2018
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  Health care’s road ahead after the midterms

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  Four Ways CVS Intends to Focus on Reducing Medical Costs After Aetna Merger Closes

1. Managing five common chronic conditions — diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma and behavioral health
2. Optimizing and extending primary care, including to expand the scope of services available at CVS' MinuteClinics to help identify and manage chronic diseases.
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Source: CBNC
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