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Trump administration issues final rules protecting conscience rights in health insurance

| Nov 7, 2018 | Federal

This press release was provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception methods. Under...[ Read More ]

Rick Rubin on the value of State of Reform

| Oct 17, 2018 | Federal

Rick Rubin is the CEO of OneHealthPort, a health information intermediary for the Pacific Northwest.  Recently, he shared his thoughts with us about the value of State of Reform to him and the community he serves.  We wanted to share Rick's thought with you about how State of Reform provides...[ Read More ]

Creating a space for constructive disagreement in health care

| Oct 17, 2018 | Federal

The hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, including the testimony from Dr. Chrstine Blasey Ford,  created a watershed moment for American civics. Together, our country experienced a flash point in our history, something that we will all look back upon in time and recall how we...[ Read More ]

Commentary: Three lessons for health plans from 25 years of experience

, | Sep 26, 2018 | Federal

Health care is facing perhaps the greatest level of complexity in the history of the industry.  The rise of consumerism, regulatory interventions, and technology applications create pressures from all sides for an organization trying to bring coherency and coordination to the point of patient care. It’s not easy. Moreover, many...[ Read More ]

HHS grants over $1 billion to fight opioid problem

Laura Lundberg | Sep 21, 2018 | Federal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave more than $1 billion in grants to help conquer the opioid crisis in our country. The funding goes off of a 5-point strategy that was launched in 2017 in hopes of making continual progress. The points include access, data, pain, overdoses,...[ Read More ]

UnitedHealth Group releases strong second quarter earnings report

Marjie High | Aug 31, 2018 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

UnitedHealth Group announced total second quarter revenues of $56.1 billion for its combined groups, which include UnitedHealthcare and Optum. Second quarter revenues grew $6 billion or a strong 12.1 percent year-over-year.  Said David S. Wichmann, chief executive officer, “Today, UnitedHealth Group delivers increasing value to more people, driven by strong...[ Read More ]