Cigna honored for reducing healthcare disparities; Lawmakers want states to set requirements for pre-existing conditions;

> The White House on Tuesday honored Cigna for helping decrease healthcare disparities, particularly by improving its staff's cultural competency and linguistic sensitivity, reported the Hartford Business Journal. Article

> Highmark's new CEO John Paul is tapping old colleagues from UPMC to take on various executive and management roles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. He has now hired at least five employees who previously worked for Highmark's rival UPMC. Article

> Some Republican lawmakers want to give states the power to set requirements for pre-existing conditions. Potential options could include enacting a high-risk pool, creating a reinsurance program or developing a new innovative method, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

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