Blue Cross Blue Shield helps launch campaign to fight Cadillac tax; New Hampshire hopes to improve consumer-shopping experience;

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> A new campaign that consists of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pfizer and other unions filed a lobbying registration last week in an effort to fight the Cadillac tax, which applies to high-cost insurance plans and will take effect 2017. Registration

> Due to principle and cost-related reasons, some Americans are cancelling their health coverage and instead accepting the penalty and paying their own medical costs as they go, reports Healthline. Article

> The New Hampshire Insurance Department is working to improve requirements that would focus on making sure consumers have the right access to different types of services rather than providers so they can make more informed healthcare decisions, reports Insurance Journal. Article

Pharma News

> Drugmakers can't be excited about the wave of consolidation going through the health insurance business. After all, pharma knows firsthand how mergers can put the screws to prices; just think of Express Scripts and its Medco buyout. Article

Health Finance News

> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made a sweeping range of proposals intended to improve the safety and functioning of the 15,000 or so long-term care hospitals and nursing homes that operate in the United States. Article

And finally… Here comes your knight in shining armor. Article