Assurant Health to pay out most MLR rebates; Do insurance special investigations units measure up?;

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> About 10.3 million Americans have gained health insurance this year, mainly due to coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study (.pdf)

> Milwaukee-based Assurant Health will pay consumers $30.8 million in rebates--more than any other health insurer, for failing to meet medical-loss ratio requirements, reported the Milwaukee Business Journal. Article

> Legal cases against health plan coverage of HIV/AIDS drugs and requirements could prompt more disability arguments made on behalf of people with any condition that requires them to take a high-cost specialty drug, which could drive up payer benefit costs and premiums, according to AIS Health News. Article

Healthcare Anti-Fraud News

> Most U.S. insurers measure the performance of special investigations units, but their methods for measuring SIU success vary, according to results from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud's first-of-its-kind benchmarking study. Article

> The Office of Inspector General is using and refining its authority to sanction government contractors that pay individuals and entities excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs. Article

And Finally... And you thought it was bad when your grandma started texting you. Article