Humana hires new regional president; Rate filing could cost 70% more than HHS estimates;

> Humana hired a new president of its operations in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. A former partner with human resource consulting firm Mercer, John Sinclair said he was drawn to the company largely because of its focus on wellness, reported Business Courier. Article

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services should beef up the reform law's enforcement provision, two consumer advocacy groups told the agency in public comments, reported LifeHealthPro. Families USA and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families want HHS to make some reform law regulations "much stronger in outlining the steps that will be taken to ensure proper and fair enforcement of the market reforms." Article

> Insurers' costs associated with complying with rate filing and data submission requirements will be about 70 percent higher than the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates. Although HHS predicted the cost per filing would be $2,475, America's Health Insurance Plans said that cost will average roughly $4,300, FierceHealthIT reported. Article

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