Missouri first state to rule against Aetna-Humana deal Wednesday, May 25 2016 

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Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana has received its first negative diagnosis: Missouri’s top insurance official has ordered that if the health insurance giants merge, they must stop doing business in about half of the state. Missouri Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff wrote that allowing the combined company to do business in the state would, […]

Report: Cigna and Anthem quarreling about merger — which could benefit Humana deal Monday, May 23 2016 

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Shares of Cigna plunged more than 4 percent after a Wall Street Journal article indicated the health insurer’s proposed merger with Anthem was in trouble — and falling behind the industry’s other mega merger between Aetna and Louisville-based Humana. The WSJ, citing a series of letters it reviewed, said that “people on both sides (of […]

Humana on track to reach community health goal Tuesday, May 17 2016 

Humana employees are on track to reduce their number of unhealthy days by 20 percent by 2017. | Courtesy of Humana.

Humana has used data analysis, health competitions and a focus on well-being to reduce the number of unhealthy days reported by its employees by 13 percent since 2012, the company announced on Tuesday. The Louisville-based insurer issued a report to update its stakeholders on the progress it is making toward its goal of improving the […]

Western Kentucky union members who Feel the Bern: stay home on Nov. 8 and the country gets Trump Tuesday, May 17 2016 

By BERRY CRAIG Some people who Feel the Bern swear they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Western Kentucky union members, current and past, I spoke with at the Bernie Sanders rally Sunday in Paducah said … Continue reading →

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Report: Kentucky’s uninsured rate drops to 7.5 percent, well below national average Wednesday, May 11 2016 

Kentucky's uninsured rate of 7.5 percent is below that of neighboring states | Source: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

A new report by the University of Minnesota shows that the percentage of Kentuckians without health insurance continues to plummet since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reaching a new low of 7.5 percent by the end of 2015 — a rate that is now more than 4 percent below the national average. Kentucky’s uninsured rate […]

UK part of clinical trial for implant to treat opioid addiction; treatment nearing FDA approval Wednesday, May 11 2016 

A Probuphine implant that releases buprenorphine -- a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction -- over six months | Photo: Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

A new implant to deliver a promising drug used to treat opioid addiction was approved by a Food and Drug Administration panel in January and may receive full approval by the end of May, as a recent clinical trial including a researcher at the University of Kentucky showed a substantial majority of patients using the […]

Humana hints at exiting some Obamacare exchanges Thursday, May 5 2016 

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Humana is weighing whether to exit Affordable Care Act exchanges in some states as the insurer continues to struggle with sicker-than-expected patients. The Louisville-based company said Wednesday that its first-quarter revenues were essentially unchanged from a year earlier, but net income, at $234 million, was cut nearly in half. Humana’s shares tumbled more than 1 […]

Louisville Community Acupuncture offers low-priced oasis in the city Tuesday, May 3 2016 


My high-pitched voice was quickly, but politely shushed after entering Louisville Community Acupuncture in the Highlands. Loud mouths like myself are encouraged to adopt a lower, dulcet tone to keep from disturbing the patrons already seated and reposed. Fans, light music and a circle of cozy recliners helped create a tranquil atmosphere at Louisville Community […]

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield donates $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Sunday, May 1 2016 

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield donated $20,000 to the Kentuckiana Big Brothers Big Sisters, an act of continued support of the organization. BBBS pairs interested children with adult volunteer mentors, sponsors activities and fosters these one-on-one relationships with “Littles” and “Bigs.” Littles range in age from 7 to 16. The organization also works to support the […]

Aetna CEO says Humana acquisition remains on track to close this year Thursday, Apr 28 2016 


Aetna said Thursday that it has obtained about two-thirds of the needed state approvals for its proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana and remains on track to close the deal in the second half of the year. Aetna, based in Hartford, Conn., also said it spent nearly $43 million, before taxes, in the first quarter on transaction […]

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