Aetna hires former CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp.; House committee wants HHS to clarify reasons for CO-OPs' downfall;

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> Former CEO, president and chairman of Caesars Entertainment Corp. will join Aetna's executive committee and leadership team, the Courier-Journal reports. Loveman will assume the role of president of Healthagen, which oversees Aetna's population health division. Article

> President Barack Obama's administration is standing behind the notion that the Supreme Court should hear the latest case against the Affordable Care Act, which deals with faith-affiliated employers opting out of covering contraceptives for women, reports the New York Times. Article

> The House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday asking for greater clarification about which consumer operated and oriented health plans have received warnings about their financial risks, and what criteria is in place to determine the solvency of CO-OPs. Letter (.pdf)

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> Despite the fact that North Carolina has yet to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, some of the state's biggest providers are posting record profits. Article

> Physician practices are enjoying a windfall from the Affordable Care Act, with many of them collecting a little more revenue since the healthcare reform law went into effect, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Article

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