Blue Cross loses challenge to Medicaid contract; Aetna sells plans in Singapore;

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has lost its lawsuit that challenged the state's decision to give UnitedHealth the contract to insure state workers, reported the Omaha World-Herald. The switch meant that Blue Cross lost the contract, valued at $180 million each year, it held for 27 years. The judge said Blue Cross's claim that the state erred in scoring the bids is relevant because the awarding of bids is subject to "considerable discretion" based on multiple factors. Article

> Aetna has won approval to begin selling health insurance in Singapore, which the insurer may make its regional hub to further develop business in Southeast Asia, Insurance Business Review reported. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma has named Ted Haynes as its new president. Haynes previously was vice president of healthcare delivery for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, reported the Tulsa World. Article

> Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking for a new medical director after Michael Kaufman, who was the medical director in Utah, left the company, according to the Lund Report. Article

> And Finally… Your baby isn't smoking pot; it's the soap. Article

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