AHIP's four new members focus on Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage portfolios. They have joined the trade group as the industry faces bullish prospects for government business.
To some, the influx of more for-profit plans in Minnesota adds welcome competition to an already competitive market. But others are wary and cautiously watching to see if the profit motive will endanger patients.
A federal judge blocked the proposed $54 billion tie-up between national insurers Anthem and Cigna late Wednesday, saying the combination would harm competition in the national employer market.
The plan, backed by a coalition of policymakers including former Sen. Rick Santorum, largely mirrors last year's failed Graham-Cassidy bill, and doesn't have a clear path to passage in Congress.
The Trump administration is halting billions of dollars of payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act's risk-adjustment program, a move that further disrupts the insurance market and could lead to more premium increases next year.
Bright Health joins Oscar Health in expanding into new markets, signaling the startup's bullish view of the increasingly expensive Obamacare exchanges.