Horizon drops for-profit bid; UnitedHealth ends ties with D.C. hospitals;

> UnitedHealth Group's Medicaid insurance arm is no longer covering hospital bills at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. The decision does not affect coverage for individuals enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's commercial insurance plans purchased directly or through their employers, reports the Baltimore Business Journal. Article

> Humana will offer dental benefits plans to people in New York--including New York City, Albany and Rochester--as part of its continuing dental coverage expansion, according to Insurance and Financial Advisor. HumanaDental of Humana will offer three plans which may cover 100 percent of costs for preventative services such as oral exams, and 50 percent to 100 percent of costs for basic services such as fillings. Article

> Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey officially called off its plan to become a for-profit company, withdrawing its application to the state Department of Banking and Insurance, which could have transformed the company into a full-fledged business accountable to shareholders, the Star-Ledger reports. Article

> WellPoint shareholders voted to approve hefty pay packages for the company's executives and also for the right to weigh in annually on future executive compensation, reports the Indianapolis Business Journal. Article

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