Checking In On the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Texas Health Resources Contracting Impasse

More than a week has passed since the formal impasse between Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas began, which risks the hospital system with the largest market share in North Texas being out of network on the state’s largest insurance plan. And, in speaking to both sides, neither appear any closer to settling the dispute, which is reportedly over a $57 million increase requested by Texas Health. Full Story

Contract Extension Negotiations Collapse Between Texas Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Discussions to extend an expiring contract between Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas fell apart on Monday afternoon, putting the Arlington-based provider’s dozens of hospitals and emergency centers as well as its hundreds of outpatient clinics at risk of falling out of network come January 1. Full Story

Despite Rising Costs, Americans Report More Satisfaction With Insurance Plans

Over the last few years, the way people interact with their health insurers on a regular basis has changed dramatically. Thanks in large part to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health coverage landscape is quite different these days, although it’s important to note that policy providers have risen to the potential challenges that came with the new requirements. Full Story

Election Results Hang Over Annual Conference for the Texas Association of Health Plans

Insurance industry consultant John Gorman warned a room full of health plan officials to be wary of accepting the block granting of Medicaid, calling it a way for the federal government to shift the risk of the most at-risk population back onto the states through a hardline appropriation. Full Story