UnitedHealthcare is top health insurer in Wisconsin; Coventry earns regulatory clearance for next acquisition;

> UnitedHealthcare Insurance is Wisconsin's top insurer, selling $1.1 billion of the health and accident insurance in the state during 2009, which accounts for 11.2 percent of the market share, reports the Business Journal of Milwaukee. Article

> Coventry Health Care has received Federal Trade Commission approval for its acquisition of Mercy Health Plans, an insurer with members in Missouri and Arkansas, reports the St. Louis Business Journal. The acquisition will add 180,000 members to Coventry's health insurance coverage. Article

> Benefit plan administrators are preparing to update summary plan descriptions to comply with the Affordable Care Act. In a survey of 300 Fortune 1000 companies, more than 70 percent intend to update benefit program SPDs to prepare for plan design changes within the next year, notes the National Underwriter. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana is dropping East Jefferson General Hospital as a network provider because they cannot agree on reimbursement amounts, reports WDSU. The hospital wanted an 18 percent increase. Article

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