California official blasts proposed Humana merger, shares drop Friday, Jun 24 2016 

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Shares of Aetna and Humana plunged Thursday afternoon after the insurance commissioner of the country’s most populous state said he opposes the proposed merger of the two health insurance giants. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a conference call shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday that a merger between the two companies would reduce competition and […]

Humana to move 1,200 more employees into downtown Louisville Tuesday, Jun 21 2016 

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Humana plans to move nearly 1,200 employees next summer from an office park in east Louisville to two buildings in the city’s downtown. The insurer said it notified the employees today that the sublease of its building in Blankenbaker Station, 12501 Lakefront Place, about 15 miles east of downtown, will expire in the summer of […]

SummerWorks program expands to 2,700 interns Monday, Jun 20 2016 

Mayor Greg Fischer kicks off the 2016 Summer Works program at Humana Monday afternoon. The program connects local employers with young interns. | Photo by Boris Ladwig.

About 2,700 young adults will gain valuable work experience with Louisville area employers in the next few months as they complete internships as part of the 2016 Mayor’s SummerWorks Program. Mayor Greg Fischer kicked off the event Monday afternoon at Humana’s Digital Experience Center, where employees work on such projects as the Humana Vitality and […]

Sources: Humana graffiti threat referenced Orlando shooting Thursday, Jun 16 2016 

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Threatening graffiti in a Humana bathroom referenced the recent mass shooting in Orlando and gay pride festivities in Louisville this weekend, according to law enforcement and company sources. In response, Humana has stepped up security, and federal and local authorities are investigating. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the company are tight-lipped about the nature […]

Aetna exec: More than 200 employees working on Humana acquisition Thursday, Jun 9 2016 


More than 200 employees of Aetna and Humana are working to integrate the companies ahead of their planned merger, Aetna President Karen Lynch said this week. “It’s been a very collaborative effort. We are working for Day One readiness,” she said. “We are very pleased with where we are.” Lynch made the remarks Wednesday at the […]

WellCare and Kentucky Pharmacists Association provide 1,000 free devices to easily administer heroin overdose antidote Friday, Jun 3 2016 

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In response to Louisville’s growing heroin epidemic, health care company WellCare announced Friday it would provide 1,000 free nasal atomizers to pharmacies for those who receive naloxone — a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and can save lives. The nasal atomizers are foam cones that twist onto a naloxone syringe, making […]

Bevin’s Medicaid Overhaul Might Not Require ‘Skin In The Game’ Wednesday, Jun 1 2016 

Kentucky’s Medicaid commissioner says the state’s plan to scale back the expanded Medicaid system will not require beneficiaries to pay premiums, according to an Associated Press report.

In the report, Commissioner Stephen Miller goes on to say that Medicaid recipients could receive fewer benefits, including reduced vision and dental services.

Late last year, Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he would by 2017 “transform” the state’s expanded Medicaid system into one where recipients have “skin in the game” by paying for benefits.

Doug Hogan, communications director for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said that the state couldn’t comment on the proposed changes or negotiations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“Everything is on the table and no decisions have been finalized. We are continuing to engage stakeholders and CMS in good faith,” Hogan said.

Over 400,000 people got health insurance through the Medicaid expansion, which made Kentuckians who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line eligible for benefits.

Along with the 85,000 people who signed up for qualified health plans through the state health exchange Kynect, the Medicaid expansion helped reduce the state’s uninsured rate from over 20 percent to 7.5 percent in two years.

Jonathan Gold, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said “any changes to the program should maintain or build on the historic improvements Kentucky has seen in access to coverage, access to care, and financial security.”

According to an HHS official, requiring beneficiaries to be employed may not be a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

Bevin has said that Medicaid recipients should have to pay something for state healthcare.

“I don’t care if it’s a dollar or two dollars, if I’m governor in this state, people should have skin in the game,” Bevin said during a gubernatorial debate on KET. “You rob people of dignity if you rob them of any expectation of doing for themselves.”

Starting next fiscal year, Kentucky has to start paying more for its Medicaid expansion, which is currently 100 percent subsidized by the federal government.

In 2016, the state will pay about $109 million or about 5 percent of the cost of the expansion. By 2020 the state has to pay 10 percent, or about $409 million.

The federal government will continue paying 90 percent of the expansion cost thereafter.

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 […]

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