August 19, 2009 in Non-Profit Organizations
Council for Affordable Quality Health Care (CAQH) is a front group for health management organizations and large health care corporations which helps to promote “industry collaboration” in health care administration.
August 19, 2009 in Corporations
WellPoint Inc. is the largest U.S. health insurance provider in terms of commercial membership. It is the largest member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 39 health insurance providers.
August 19, 2009 in People
Larry C. Glasscock is chairman of the board for WellPoint, Inc. He was elected to that position on November 30, 2005. He served as president and chief executive officer of the company from November 2004 (following the merger between Anthem, Inc., and WellPoint Health Networks) until his retirement from day-to-day operations on June 1, 2007.
August 17, 2009 in Corporations
CIGNA is one of the largest for-profit health insurance providers in the United States. According to the company’s website, CIGNA “provides health care and related benefits offered through the workplace” and key product lines “include health care products and services (medical, pharmacy, behavioral health, clinical information management, dental and vision benefits, and case and disease management); and group disability, life and accident insurance.”
July 17, 2009 in Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed a preliminary analysis of the major provisions related to health insurance coverage that are contained in title I of draft legislation called the Affordable Health Choices Act, which was released by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) on June 9, 2009. Among other things, that draft legislation would establish insurance exchanges (called “gateways”) through which individuals and families could purchase coverage and would provide federal subsidies to substantially reduce the cost of that coverage for some enrollees.