Humana's Medicare growth beats outlook; AARP controls UnitedHealth's Medigap policies;

> Humana anticipates its Medicare Advantage health plan membership growth will exceed its expectations for 2012, reported Business First. Humana says membership will increase by more 145,000 to 155,000 members, which it initially indicated in its third quarter 2011 earnings report. After revising its expectations, the insurer expects a growth of 500,000 to 600,000 new members. Article

> AARP Services, an affiliate of AARP, is controlling the pricing and marketing of AARP-endorsed Medigap policies sold by a UnitedHealth unit, reported LifeHealthPro. AARP Services also oversees and monitors the AARP-UnitedHealth plan's agent certification process, say some Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee. Article

> Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler says getting authority to consider health insurers' surpluses when reviewing rate increase requests is his "highest legislative priority this year," he wrote in a Seattle Times editorial. Article

> And Finally... No cupcakes on airplanes. Article