Independence Blue Cross increases urgent care, health clinic coverage; Highmark needs to rework plans without West Penn;

> Independence Blue Cross plans will now include more coverage for urgent care centers and retail health clinics. Members will be charged $20 to $70 copays for these healthcare facilities, compared to about $100 for emergency room visits, reported the Philadelphia Business Journal. Article

> If Highmark and West Penn Alleghany Health System actually break their agreement, Highmark would have to rework its entire integrated healthcare delivery system by potentially establishing stronger alliances with doctors instead of hospitals or adding more of its own medical centers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Article

> The District of Columbia's health insurance exchange will sell health plans for individuals, as well as small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, according to the Associated Press. Article

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