Wisconsin insurers form new association; Young adults get insurance;

> Six of Wisconsin's largest health insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, Humana and UnitedHealth, have formed a new trade association to advocate for industry regulations that eliminate waste and foster innovation, reported the Wisconsin State Journal. Article

> Insurers operating in Colorado had more than 150,000 Coloradans participating in wellness programs in 2010, according to the Denver Business Journal. Roughly 30 percent of insurers in the state offered wellness programs to help participants lose weight or quit smoking, for example. About 55 percent of large group carriers offered the wellness programs, less than half of small group carriers provided them, and about 20 percent of individual insurance plans offered them. Article

> Since the reform law extended coverage to young adults, insurers have seen an increase in members aged 19 to 25, reported LifeHealthPro. The percentage of young adults with private coverage rose from 51 percent in 2010 to 55.8 percent in 2011. Only 28.8 percent of young adults were completely uninsured in 2011, compared to 33.9 percent uninsured in 2010. Article

> And Finally... Someone loves hamsters, a lot. Article

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