WellPoint tool offers ER alternatives; Kaiser raises rates by 10 percent;

> Aetna has completed its $600 million acquisition of Prodigy Health Group, reports the Hartford Courant. Prodigy will become a subsidiary of Aetna and will operate as a separate business. Article

> WellPoint is creating new websites, with help from Google Maps, to provide patients with emergency room alternatives, such as nearby less-expensive retail health clinics, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Article

> Kaiser Permanente plans to raise rates more than 10 percent for about 300,000 Californians enrolled in plans offered through small businesses, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Article

> The Department of Health and Human Services is taking 30 more days to decide whether Iowa and North Dakota should receive medical-loss waivers, The Hill’s Healthwatch reports. Iowa requested a 60 percent standard in 2011, while North Dakota proposed a 65 percent standard. Both states asked for a 70 percent standard in 2012, and 75 percent in 2013. Article

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