Alaska insurance regulators suspend Moda Health Plan policies; BCBS of Alabama lost $135M on ACA policies last year

> Alaska insurance regulators suspended Moda Health Plan from accepting new or renewal policies in the state because of concerns with the Oregon-based company's financial situation, according to an article from the Alaska Journal. Article

> Critical illness insurance is gaining popularityit pays out a lump sum for any kind of expense if someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, NPR reports. UnitedHealthcare vice president of voluntary products Gary Harger said the insurer has been in the market since 2001 and since then has seen "double-digit growth." Article

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama said this week that it lost $135 million on its Affordable Care Act policies in 2015, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. Article

> In the fourth quarter of 2015, 11.9 percent of U.S. adults were without health insurance, up slightly from 11.6 percent in the third quarter and back to where it was in the first quarter of 2015, according to a new poll from Gallup. Poll results

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> At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Peter Liacouras, director of service for 3-D Medical Applications Center, is working on customized treatments for service members, and providers are embracing 3-D printing technologies in an effort to help wounded veterans do day-to-day tasks more easily. Article

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> A federal initiative to reduce preventable hospital admissions among nursing home residents has returned encouraging early results, according to a new report. Article

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