Covered California aims to collect insurance company data; Aetna employees test wellness program;

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> California's health insurance exchange, Covered California, has embarked on an effort to collect insurance company data on every patient in order to measure care quality, but the initiative has stirred patient privacy concerns, the L.A. Times reported. Article

> The Philadelphia Inquirer asks financial advisers: What kind of long-term care insurance, if any, have you bought for yourself? Article

> Aetna offers its employees a chance to test a "wellness engagement platform" that compares their voluntary genetic test results with self-reported lifestyle assessments in order to identify the wellness program best suited for each individual, according to a Business Insurance report. Article

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> One year after reports of long waitlists and coverups of care delays rocked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, not only have waitlists only grown longer, but a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion could affect care for many veterans, according to a report in the New York Times. Article

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> A bill pending in the Massachusetts statehouse would limit how much insurers could pay hospitals within the state to perform the same procedures. Article

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