Partners' health plan lost $110M last year; delayed plan renewal now the norm;

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> Boston-based Partners HealthCare took a $110 million loss this year on Neighborhood Health Plan, the insurance subsidiary it acquired in 2012, according to Healthcare Payer News. The health plan focuses on Medicaid beneficiaries. Article

> Delaying health plan renewals seems to be the new normal under the Affordable Care Act, Benefit News reported. This is especially true for small businesses, many of which renewed twice in 2013 to delay the impact of the ACA. Article

> The ACA open enrollment period is half as long as it was last year, but consumers have twice as many options. Insurance advisers therefore find themselves spending a lot more time with clients buying individual insurance, the Detroit Free Press said. Article

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> The Veterans Affairs Health Association's claims about delays in care endured by veterans--and their deadly consequences--was "misleading" and contained inaccuracies, according to a new report by the VA's Office of Inspector General. Article

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> States spent $1.8 billion in Medicaid 90/10 funds to upgrade their eligibility information technology systems over the past three fiscal years, but still face implementation challenges, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Article

And finally … Happy 25 years, Simpson family. Article