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CVS Finalizes $70 Billion Merger With Aetna

CNBC reports: It’s been a year in the making, but CVS Health finally closed Wednesday on its acquisition of Aetna, creating a new health-care powerhouse. The merger combines CVS’ pharmacies with Aetna’s insurance business, blurring traditionally distinct lines in hopes of lowering costs. CVS also has one of largest pharmacy benefits managers through CVS Caremark and a major Medicare Part …

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UTAH: Insurance Company For Public Employees Pays Patients To Fly To Mexico For Cheaper Medications

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Amid a flurry of national proposals to bring exorbitant U.S. drug prices in line with other countries’ charges, one Utah insurer has a different option for patients: Pay them to go to Mexico. PEHP, which covers 160,000 public employees and family members, is offering plane tickets to San Diego, transportation to Tijuana, and a $500 …

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GOP Senators Vote Down Democrats’ Attempt To Overturn Trump’s Attack On Pre-Existing Conditions

The Washington Post reports: Senate Democrats fell one vote short Wednesday in a bid to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans that do not have to cover preexisting conditions and certain kinds of health care that the Affordable Care Act requires. By forcing a vote on what they term “junk” plans, however, Democrats managed to put …

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NRA To Lose Insurance Program After State Rules It Provides Coverage For “Acts Of Intentional Wrongdoing”

Reuters reports: Lloyd’s of London said on Wednesday it would direct underwriters to terminate all insurance offered, marketed, endorsed or otherwise made available through the National Rifle Association of America. The move comes after insurer Chubb was fined $1.3 million over its role in an NRA insurance program after an investigation found the NRA’s “Carry Guard” insurance program unlawfully provided …

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Aetna To Pay $17 Million For HIV Disclosures

STAT News reports: Health insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that it breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications. Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement Wednesday in Philadelphia. Court documents say the Hartford, Conn.-based company sent a mailing in envelopes with large, clear display windows that revealed confidential HIV information. …

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2017 Obamacare Enrollments Robust Despite Trump

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that despite the Trump administration’s many attempts to undermine and weaken the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in the federal health care marketplace nearly reached last year’s total of 9.2 million, clocking in at 8.8 million. Considering that the Trump administration cut the length of the open enrollment …

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Court Blocks New Trump Rules On Birth Control

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law required most companies to cover …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Signs Executive Order To Destroy Obamacare Markets, Enable “Junk” Health Insurance

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is trying to do with the stroke of a pen what Republicans in Congress could not — bring about the end of the Obamacare markets. Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday directing an overhaul of major federal regulations that would encourage the rise of a raft of cheap, loosely regulated health …

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Kimmel Eviscerates “Phony Little Creep” Fox Host Brian Kilmeade For Mocking His Healthcare Plea [VIDEO]

Yesterday morning Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade mocked Jimmy Kimmel as a member of the “Hollywood elite” after Kimmel trashed Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Obamacare repeal bill. Last night Kimmel went ballistic. “This is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him, kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman. Oh, he’s such a fan. He follows me …

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Homocon Trashes Obamacare, Posts Money Beg For “Thousands” In Hospital Bills After Car Accident

Arizona-based Twitter user Sassy Gay Republican is relatively popular as homocons go, with 30,000 readers following his prolific attacks on Obamacare, progressive politics, and “lying and corrupt Democrats.” But today he’s rather a laughingstock after posting a GoFundMe to pay his hospital bill after a car accident. From his money beg: It all happened so fast & my brain is …

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Trump Attacks Rand Paul On Obamacare Repeal

Politico reports: Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is “such a negative force” on Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning amid a final GOP push to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system. Senate Republicans have restarted in recent days their stalled efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, throwing support behind …

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Trump Guts Obamacare Enrollment Ad Budget

Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration will slash spending meant to help enroll people in Obamacare, making good on the president’s threat to let the law wither after Republicans failed to repeal it earlier this year. Arguing that the promotional spending was ineffective, the Health and Human Services department will cut the sign-up advertising budget to $10 million for 2018 coverage …

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Aetna Hit With Class Action Suit Over HIV Disclosures

STAT News reports: Legal groups on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against the health insurer Aetna, alleging the company violated the privacy of its customers by sending many of them letters through which the phrase “filling prescriptions for HIV” was visible through envelope windows. The federal suit alleges the breach affected as many as 12,000 Aetna customers living in 23 …

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Aetna Envelopes Reveal Patients’ HIV Status

STAT News reports: Thousands of people with HIV received mailed letters from Aetna last month that may have disclosed their HIV status on the envelope. The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy benefits. Text visible through a small window on the envelopes listed the patients’ names and suggested …

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STUDY: Obamacare Markets Are Stabilizing

The Hill reports: A new analysis of health insurers’ financial data finds that ObamaCare markets are “stabilizing” and insurers are regaining profitability. The study from the Kaiser Family Foundation contrasts with Republican arguments that ObamaCare markets are in a “death spiral” and “collapsing,” frequently cited as showing why the law needs to be repealed. “Early results from 2017 suggest the …

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Rand Paul: Health Insurance Should Be $1/Day [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Friday morning he believes consumers should be able to buy health insurance for $1 per day. “What I’d like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should,” Paul said in an interview on MSNBC. “The insurance …

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Obama Blasts Senate Trumpcare Bill As A “Massive Transfer Of Wealth” To The Richest People In America

From President Obama’s personal Facebook page: The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with …

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John Oliver Rips GOP On Flailing Obamacare Repeal: They Still Have No Idea How To Go About It [VIDEO]

Bustle reports: You know how the Republicans in Congress have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for ages? And now that they actually have the chance to do it, they seem to have no replacement in place? Yeah, well your favorite late night host has noticed it too. John Oliver’s Obamacare segment took the talking points that make …

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LIVE VIDEO: Sanders Debates Cruz On Obamacare

CNN reports: Under President Donald Trump, the Republican Party is gearing up to overhaul Obamacare — the sweeping health care law enacted in 2010 that covers some 20 million Americans. At a special CNN town hall debate Tuesday night, two senators with diametrically opposed views of the government’s role in health care — Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders — will …

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Bernie Sanders To Debate Ted Cruz On Obamacare

Via press release from CNN: CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a Town Hall Debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz on the future of Obamacare at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. President Donald Trump has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities …

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