DC approves rate hike of 4.25 percent for exchange plans; Two former Humana employees sentenced to federal prison;

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> The average increase for premiums on the District of Columbia's health insurance marketplace next year is 4.25 percent for individuals and 4.74 percent for small group plans, the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking announced. The most popular individual and small group plans' rates will increase 4.3 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively. Announcement

> The percent of those without health insurance dropped from 13.3 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent in 2014, according to the Census Bureau. Overall, the number of Americans without coverage declined from 41.8 million to 33 million over the course of the year. Announcement

> Two former Humana employees have been sentenced to one year in federal prision for committing a bribery scheme, WLKY.com reports. Both have to pay $100,000 in restitution and forfeit $900,000. Article

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> More than 12,000 overpayment referrals are sitting untouched in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' "overpayments mailbox," according to a state audit released last week. Article

> Rhode Island's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has not been doing its job adequately, a government report reveals. Article

And finally … If you're in the library, hide your feet. Article

 

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