Insurance industry

The HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington on Dec. 15, 2017. A burst of sign-ups is punctuating the end of a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Strong consumer interest around Friday’s enrollment deadline for 2018 was seen as validation for the program’s subsidized individual health insurance. But the Affordable Care Act’s troubles aren’t over. Even if full repeal now seems off the table, actions by the Republican-led Congress and the Trump administration could undermine the ACA’s insurance markets. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
December 16, 2017 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over. On the plus side for the overhaul, official numbers showed a...
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FILE - This undated identification file photo released Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who authorities said opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, killing 26 students and educators, after killing his mother at their home. A 2014 report by the Office of Connecticut Child Advocate concluded that Lanza's actions were not directly caused by his psychiatric problems, but it noted that his mother rejected psychologists' recommendations that her son should be medicated and undergo treatment for anxiety and other conditions. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)
December 13, 2017 - 11:10 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The...
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In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, photo, Stephanie and Lance Schmidt pose for a photo with their children, from left, Stella, Solomon and Theo, at their home in Oklahoma City. The Schmidt's have opted for a cost-sharing ministry this year after they realized their monthly insurance bill would have more than doubled to over $1,200 and stuck them with an $8,000 deductible for their family of five. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
December 10, 2017 - 10:10 am
Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options. The cheapest individual coverage available in her market would eat up nearly a quarter of the income her husband brings home from the oilfields. The Bryson, Texas, couple makes too much to qualify for...
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In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, Matt Salo, Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), is photographed in his office in Washington. People on Medicaid are prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But a new survey says that’s not the whole story. In theory the networks used by Medicaid insurers could also serve to promote prevention and care coordination, but Salo, cautioned against a cut-and-paste approach that grafts on strategies used by employers. “The Medicaid population is not just an employer population with less income,” said Salo. “It is people who have health conditions.” Salo said he was struck by the high rates of depression in the survey. “Depression is inextricably linked to physical health and the ability to engage effectively in the work force,” he said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 07, 2017 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that 40 percent of people...
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December 06, 2017 - 5:06 pm
Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST New & Developing: TRUMP-FACT CHECK TOP STORIES: TAX OVERHAUL-RICH FAMILIES — Life may be about to get easier for people with rich parents. Under the Republicans' tax plans, part of their prep...
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FILE - This Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, file photo shows a CVS Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. CVS Health, the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain, is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer. The evolution won't happen overnight, but in time, shoppers may find more clinics in CVS stores and more services they can receive through the network of nearly 10,000 locations that the company has built. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 04, 2017 - 3:25 pm
A drugstore chain that used to hawk cigarettes behind the front counter now wants to offer nutrition advice and work with your doctor to keep you healthy. CVS Health says it wants to use its roughly $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna to dive deeper into managing customer health, with its...
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Customers leave a CVS Pharmacy, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client, a person with knowledge of the matter said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 04, 2017 - 4:12 am
CVS Health wants to do much more than fill your prescription or jab your arm with an annual flu shot. The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, in order to push much deeper into customer care. The evolution won't happen overnight, but in time,...
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FILE - This May 15, 2017, file photo, shows a CVS pharmacy sign at a store in Hialeah, Fla. CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain provide more health care and keep a key client, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 03, 2017 - 9:28 pm
Drugstore operator CVS is making a $69 billion offer for insurer Aetna as it tries to position itself as a one-stop shop for Americans' health care needs with prescription drugs, clinics and insurance plans to cover those goods and services. The companies announced Sunday that CVS Health Corp. will...
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November 29, 2017 - 4:47 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 27 The Telegraph of London on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding: A divorced, mixed-race, Hollywood actress who attended a Roman Catholic school is to marry the son of the next King. Such a sentence could simply not...
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