Anthem reaches deal with Connecticut hospitals; Empire launches virtual enrollment center;

> Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield reached a long-term agreement on new contracts with Hartford and Windham hospitals, reports the Connecticut Mirror. Hartford Hospital said Anthem paid less than other insurers, while Anthem said the rates it paid Hartford and Windham hospitals were comparable to what it paid other hospitals. Article

> Regence BlueShield has requested a 3.7 rate increase for individual health plans to take effect just three months after it raised rates by 16.4 percent, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Article

> Empire BlueCross BlueShield launches a virtual open enrollment center to help businesses reach and engage their employees more easily. The enrollment center is an easy to use, easy to understand interactive 3-D environment. Press Release

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