Delaware to hold hearings for Blue Cross, Highmark merger; Nevada bans trade secrets;

> The Delaware Department of Insurance has scheduled three public hearings in May to address the proposed affiliation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware with Highmark, reports Insurance and Financial Advisor. Article

> Nevada lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow a consumer advocate represent the public in rate hearings involving health insurance increases, reports the Las Vegas Sun. The bill gives the state insurance commissioner the duty to apply for grants and donations to pay for the advocate and would eliminate a law that allows the so-called trade secrets of companies to be kept confidential. Article

> The Oregon Senate has approved two bills that would give the state more control over health insurance companies and their premium rate requests for individuals and small businesses, according to The Oregonian. Article

And Finally... The kitty that could swim a mile. Article