Aetna improves wellness programs; Wellmark launches new ACO;

> If insurance doesn't cover the cost of testing for cancer-causing genes, most people won't undergo the tests, according to a study from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Spending on genetic tests is hovering around $5 billion, a figure that's expected to quintuple to $25 billion by 2021, according to an earlier UnitedHealth Group/Harris Interactive report (.pdf). Study

> Some colleges increasingly are dropping student health plans, while others are sharply increasing the premiums, The Wall Street Journal reported. Article

> Aetna is beefing up its wellness programs by adding new benefits and cost incentives under a program called Aetna Healthy Commitments. Aimed for small and medium-sized employers, the added benefits include increases to guaranteed savings for employers to 2 percent on healthcare trend when their employees meet minimum participation levels, the Hartford Business Journal reported. Article

> Wellmark has signed an agreement with Genesis Health System to set up an accountable care organization, according to the Des Moines Register. A Wellmark spokeswoman said the insurer is talking with other health systems but probably won't establish any more ACOs until next January. Article

> And Finally… Looking at the sun could lead to this reaction. Article

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