WellPoint owes $2.8M to HHS; Aetna spent $11M lobbying;

> Aetna spent the most amount of money on lobbying out of all health insurers last year, fueling $10.45 million to groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Action Network, LifeHealthPro reported. Article

> WellPoint's Medicare Advantage program didn't always calculate true out-of-pocket costs, resulting in the Department of Health & Human Services overpaying the insurer $2.8 million, according to the HHS Office of the Inspector General. Report

> Last year, almost 14 million young adults ages 19 to 25 received health insurance from their parents' plans, and almost 7 million of those were a direct result of the reform law's young adult provision, reported Medical News Today. However, 39 percent of young adults still had gaps in coverage, and 36 percent had medical bill problems. Article

> Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of California and Blue Shield of California are looking to raise small-business rates an average of 10 percent, with Aetna proposing up to 24 percent increased premiums, Anthem planning a 13 percent hike and Blue Shield of California intending on a 6 percent raise, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> Highmark is continuing its investigation of spending activities that occurred before it fired its CEO, Kenneth Melani. Highmark spokesman Michael Weinstein confirmed that review is still in progress but wouldn't provide any further information, reported Insurance & Financial Advisor. Article

> And Finally... Your happiness depends on your gut bacteria. Article

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