Rhode Island AG sues insurance commissioner over rate hikes; Aetna shareholders set date to vote on Humana merger;

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> Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against state Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner after she approved a 10 percent rate increase for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans that consumers buy directly from the insurer, the Providence Journal reports. Article

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will partner with the Nebraska Health Network, a physician-led accountable care organization, in a value-based, patient-focused, total-cost-of-care reimbursement agreement. Announcement

> Aetna's shareholders will meet Oct. 19 in order to vote on the proposed merger with Humana. Announcement

AntiFraud News

> Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is defending the companies selected to manage the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program, despite reports that all four have been involved in high-priced fraud settlements, according to the Des Moines Register. Article

> Between 2008 and 2011, New Jersey submitted at least $32.2 million in unallowable Medicaid claims for personal care services, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General. Article

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