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Visit One News Page for Health Insurance news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Health Insurance news headlines.

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    Experts say a federal judge's ruling that gave the green light to an $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner spells good news for CVS Health Corp. The massive AT&T and Time Warner deal to combine a media powerhouse and a telecommunications giant — known as a "vertical" merger deal in which two companies whose industries don't directly overlap — is promising for CVS (NYSE: CVS), which announced in December a $69 billion deal to buy health insurance giant Aetna Inc. “AT&T/Time Warner… Reported by bizjournals 3 hours ago.

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    Silver loading is coming to Colorado, but what is it and why does it matter? We've got you covered. Reported by Denver Post 1 hour ago.

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    Shares of Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SNOA) were punished in pre-market trade Thursday after the California-based specialty drug firm posted wider-than-expected losses for the fourth quarter. The Petaluma, California-based reported a fourth-quarter March 2018 loss of US$0.93 per share on revenue of US$3.7mln. The consensus estimate was a loss of US$0.65 per share on revenue of US$4.5mln. Revenue fell 9.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Shares of the pharma company plunged 20.20% to US$3.20. Sonoma Pharmceuticals CEO Jim Schutz explained that the fourth quarter dermatology market was “challenging” due to the impact of “health insurance deductible resets” at the beginning of the year. Sonoma is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and markets treatments for dermatological conditions and advanced tissue care. READ: Sonoma Pharmaceuticals wins FDA approval for skin gel; shares up “The fourth quarter dermatology market was challenging for us as we experienced a decline in product revenues due to the impact of health insurance deductible resets at the beginning of the calendar year and the impact of increased product rebates,” said Schutz. “To manage an ever-changing health insurance reimbursement marketplace, we are taking steps to reduce the impact on our revenue growth by working with a home delivery pharmacy program and advancing relationships with managed care organizations.  In addition, as announced last week, we’re excited to be partnering in Brazil with NC Group/ U.SK, Brazil’s largest pharmaceutical company.” The CEO also said that during the last 12 months, the firm had continued to expand its business with “a new set of  FDA approvals” for its dermatology and eye care product lines along with additional market approvals and partnerships for its products internationally. Reported by Proactive Investors 44 minutes ago.

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    Johns Creek, GA, June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sirrus Corp. (“Sirrus” or the “Company”) (OTC PINK: SRUP), an emerging cybersecurity solutions provider, today announced it has begun to conduct a full system upgrade and security hardening of all cluster computers used in their modeling and simulations. This leading multinational professional services company is involved in the design and engineering of high-performance buildings, major infrastructure projects, including fire simulation, which requires large amounts of computing power.  The client company employs more than 13,000 people in more than 34 countries, including more than 1,000 in 10 offices across the United States.Sparrow Marcioni, Sirrus Corp. CEO, commented, “We are very pleased that one of our largest and most established current clients has chosen to expand their scope of business with us, and entrusted our team with critically important security upgrade work for their cluster computers across the US.

    “These major security upgrades will further protect their confidential data from many of the current and future network hacks that have devastated thousands of systems around the world, including the recent Eternal Blue and WannaCry exploits.  We look forward to quickly and completely finishing this important work that will enable our client to continue designing and engineering some of world’s most recognizable man-made structures.”

    *About Sirrus Corp.*

    Sirrus Corp. (OTC PINK: SRUP) provides security technology products and services to assist companies with protecting their assets and information.  The Company is primarily focused on providing cybersecurity services to healthcare companies in the United States, which are required to be in compliance with government regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

    Additional information regarding Sirrus Corp. and Sirrus Security can be found at www.sirrussecurity.com.

    *Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements*

    This press release by Sirrus Corp. (“Sirrus”) may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements can be identified by words such as “expects,” “plan,” “believes,” “will,” “achieve,” “anticipate,” “would,” “should,” “subject to,” or words of similar meaning, and by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts.  Although Sirrus management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct.  These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, general economic conditions and conditions affecting the industries in which the Company operates; the uncertainty of regulatory requirements and approvals; and the ability to obtain necessary financing on acceptable terms or at all.  Known risks and uncertainties include those identified from time to time in the reports filed by Sirrus Corp. with the SEC.  Sirrus assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

    CONTACT: Sirrus Corp. - Investor Relations:

    Toll-Free: (888) 263-7622
    E-mail: investors@sirrussecurity.com
    Website: www.sirrussecurity.com  Reported by GlobeNewswire 12 minutes ago.

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    Republican Rep. Greg Walden said he wants coverage of preexisting conditions to remain in force in health insurance. "I don't want to go back to the days when you can be denied insurance based on a preexisting condition." Reported by Newsmax 12 hours ago.

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    The Affordable Care Act is making regulatory compliance more complex; the risk of noncompliance can be costly, totaling hundreds of dollars per employee for each violation.

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Employee Benefit Adviser’s Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark (OERB) scores for March show that employers with first-quarter benefit start dates, which represent the preponderance of the employer community, are failing to keep abreast of numerous federal and state regulatory requirements.

    The March scores, which are based on self-reporting by more than 400 employers, show a low aggregate score of 28 out of 100 for all five open enrollment preparation tasks that the index computes and a composite score of 37 for overall enrollment readiness. With respect to reviewing compliance and eligibility issues, respondents score just 22 out of a possible 100.

    The Affordable Care Act and its requirements have meant regulatory compliance has become more complex for benefit advisers and their employer clients; they are a key element of a successful open enrollment. For employers, the risk of noncompliance is considerable, with the IRS assessing penalties on the order of hundreds of dollars per employee per violation. And because verifying who should and should not be receiving benefits is central to any compliance effort, failing to identify which employees are no longer eligible for coverage can also lead to inflated benefits costs.

    To apprise them of these risks, “Every adviser needs to have a discussion with their clients about their responsibilities as an employer,” notes Jack Kwicien, a managing partner at Daymark Advisors, a Baltimore-based consultancy that works with advisers.

    For advisers seeking to ensure that their clients remain compliant during their upcoming enrollment periods, “The best place to start is to get accurate employer census data,” says Scott Wenger, Editorial Director of SourceMedia’s Employee Benefits group, which includes EBA and Employee Benefit News. “First and foremost,” he says, “the data needs to account for all full-time employees eligible for benefits.” This means ensuring that no eligible employee has fallen through the cracks, but also that those that are no longer eligible aren’t slated to receive benefits.

    The OERB tallies employer self-assessments in 26 activities that need to be completed in four key stages for a successful open enrollment. No progress receives a score of zero, while completed tasks earn a score of 100. The open enrollment period, which most often takes place in the fall, is a critical time for employers as they look to engage their workforces in health and retirement planning, among other benefits.

    The Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark, sponsored by ADP, is a data-based performance benchmark that gauges how prepared employers are for their annual employee benefits enrollment periods. Each month SourceMedia Research and EBA survey more than 400 screened HR and benefits executives at organizations of various sizes and across multiple industries. These professionals are asked to rate their completion levels for 26 activities — from selecting health plans to reviewing enrollment metrics — that take place during the four critical phases of open enrollment: benefit plan design, enrollment preparation, employee enrollment and post-enrollment analysis. Scores range from a low of zero to a high of 100 and reflect the degree to which an employer considers itself prepared for a particular activity. The activity scores are then averaged to determine scores for each of the four phases and an overall readiness score. A complete analysis of the most recent OERB data is available here.

    About Employee Benefit Adviser
    Employee Benefit Adviser (EBA) is the information resource for employee benefit advisers, brokers, agents and consultants, providing the current awareness and perspective they need to anticipate changes in the marketplace and optimally serve their clients. EBA delivers a broad range of critical content, including comparative market data, legal and regulatory updates, the latest products and services, and best practices in benefits delivery — including health insurance, vision and dental insurance, and voluntary and retirement benefits. The benefits broker community relies on EBA to stay connected through its website comment forums, its social media communities and live events.

    About SourceMedia Research
    SourceMedia Research is a full-service B2B market research service that draws upon SourceMedia’s market expertise and proprietary database of engaged executives to develop information and insights for clients. SourceMedia Research provides research solutions for marketers, agencies and others targeting sectors such as banking, payments, mortgage, accounting, employee benefits and wealth management.

    About SourceMedia
    SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is an innovative, growing digital business information and performance media company serving senior-level professionals in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, PaymentsSource, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Mortgage News, Employee Benefit News and Health Data Management.

    About ADP
    Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP’s cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. For more information, visit http://www.adp.com.

    For more information, please contact:

    Dana Jackson                                        
    dana.jackson@sourcemedia.com    
    212-803-8329            

    Scott Wenger
    mailto:scott.wenger@sourcemedia.com
    212-803-8796 Reported by PRWeb 13 hours ago.

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    GoHealth, the leading health insurance technology and services platform, today announced that it will expand business operations into Salt Lake City, adding over 500 jobs.

    SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is proud to announce GoHealth will expand business operations into Utah, adding over 500 jobs, $3,216,488 in new state revenue and $900,000 in capital investment.

    “GoHealth will be a great addition to numerous strategic economic clusters in the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “GOED is proud to work with many stakeholders to make this growth happen, including Lindon City.”

    For nearly 20 years, GoHealth has been leading innovation in healthcare. The company, headquartered in Chicago, provides consumers with quality coverage that meets their needs and fits their budgets, connecting Americans to affordable insurance throughout every stage of their life. In addition, the company partners with the nation’s top healthcare carriers as a trusted extension of their team, supplying them with scalable business solutions that allow them to focus on what they do best: provide healthcare.

    “Salt Lake City was a natural choice for our next office – from the city’s growing business culture to its deep talent pool, we felt it was the right fit for our latest expansion,” said Clint Jones, co-founder and CEO of GoHealth. “This new office is an exciting indication of our company’s growth, and we greatly look forward to becoming a part of the local business community.”

    The Salt Lake City office will be focused on providing customer support for both consumers and partners across the U.S. GoHealth is actively recruiting highly-motivated, energetic individuals and will invest in new employees’ professional growth through training and development. GoHealth was awarded Crain’s Chicago Business 101 Best Places to Work and plans to bring the same level of employee engagement and job satisfaction to Salt Lake City.

    GoHealth will create up to 363 full-time jobs over the next five years, as well as 150 part-time and seasonal positions. The total wages in aggregate are required to exceed 110 percent of the Salt Lake County average wage. The projected new state wages over the life of the agreement are expected to be approximately $84,645,000. Projected new state tax revenues, as a result of corporate, payroll and sales taxes, are estimated to be $3,216,488 over five years.

    GoHealth may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the five-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit rebate. As part of the contract with GoHealth, the GOED Board of Directors has approved a post-performance tax credit rebate not to exceed $643,298. Each year as GoHealth meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit rebate.

    About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
    business.utah.gov
    The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or edwards@utah.gov.

    About GoHealth
    GoHealth’s mission is to champion a healthier America by empowering consumers with education and choice. As a healthcare marketplace that provides consumers with quality coverage that meets their needs and fits their budgets, the company connects Americans to affordable insurance throughout every stage of their life.

    Founded in 2001 by Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, GoHealth combines technology, data science and deep industry expertise to match consumers with the healthcare policy and carrier that is best for them. The company partners with the nation’s top healthcare carriers as a trusted extension of their team, supplying them with scalable business solutions that allow them to focus on what they do best: provide healthcare. Based in Chicago, GoHealth has received numerous awards, including Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Reported by PRWeb 13 hours ago.

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    The partnership will connect BDT’s benefits screening, enrollment technology, and contact center to Unite Us’ care coordination platform to deliver a seamless, more person-centered, and accountable experience for families and individuals across the country.

    PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Today, Unite Us, a leading care coordination platform integrating healthcare and social service delivery, and Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national nonprofit that provides streamlined benefits enrollment assistance, announced a national partnership. The partnership will connect BDT’s benefits screening, enrollment technology, and contact center to Unite Us’ care coordination platform to deliver a seamless, more person-centered, and accountable experience for families and individuals across the country.

    Both Unite Us and BDT have developed scalable solutions to address the social determinants of health that are now recognized as driving health and well-being. BDT’s solution successfully connects eligible families and individuals with essential benefits, including health insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), streamlining the often-cumbersome enrollment processes. Unite Us works with communities to build accountable networks interconnecting health and social service providers through its care coordination and outcome tracking software. The software digitally connects healthcare and social service providers together to ensure families and individuals receive the wraparound services they need from multiple accountable community partners.

    “Unite Us has built partnerships across the country with organizations who share our vision of connecting individuals to the services they need,” said Taylor Justice, President and Co-Founder of Unite Us. “BDT is leading the industry through its benefits outreach and enrollment solution, and now together, we can increase access to these services through our networks across the country. Collaboration is king, and this collaboration is getting us much closer to the integrated health and human service delivery system we are all working toward.”

    The partnership between Unite Us and BDT will streamline the navigation of health and social services with increased accountability and efficiency around benefits enrollment and service delivery. Each year, benefits worth billions of dollars are left on the table that could help millions of struggling Americans cover the cost of food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs.

    “This partnership is a giant leap towards a health and human services system that proactively connects people to the supports they need so that people are both healthier and more economically secure,” said Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO of BDT. “Together, we will connect people to both the benefits and services they need to enhance their health, increase opportunities, and improve their lives all at once.”

    Benefits access is shown to reduce avoidable costs of care and improve health outcomes, especially among high-cost, high-need populations. Embedding BDT’s benefits screening and enrollment solution in Unite Us’ platform addresses the two biggest barriers to accessing these benefits: lack of awareness and cumbersome enrollment processes. Both organizations increase their impact by joining forces and will be able to document that impact.

    About Unite Us
    Unite Us is an outcome-focused technology company that builds coordinated care networks connecting health and social service providers together. The company helps systems and communities efficiently deliver care and services by inter-connecting providers around every patient, seamlessly integrating the social determinants of health into patient care. Providers across the continuum can externally refer and track every patient’s total health journey while reporting on all tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. This social infrastructure helps communities move beyond legacy resource directories, and transform their ability to measure impact, improve health, and track outcomes at scale.

    About Benefits Data Trust
    Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a not-for-profit organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access essential benefits and services. BDT envisions an efficient, cost-effective health and human services system that proactively connects individuals and families to the supports they need so that people are healthier and more economically secure, and communities are stronger. BDT submits more benefit applications than any other organization in the country and has helped more than 650,000 individuals apply for benefits, securing more than $7 billion in benefits to help pay for food, shelter, heat, healthcare, and other essential services. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    New Video Provides Tips to Relieve Fireworks Anxiety in Dogs

    CLEVELAND (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Embrace Pet Insurance, one of the highest-rated pet insurance companies in the United States, announced the launch of its new “Safety FURST” video series. The company has teamed up with certified professional dog trainer and TV personality, Laura Nativo, to bring advice to pet parents across the country on training topics ranging from positive training to introducing dogs. One of the new videos in the series is timely, as it features important tips on how to help dogs fearful of fireworks and other loud noises.

    “Embrace knows that a well-trained dog is a safe dog, which is why we’re excited to partner with Laura,” said Sara Radak, Manager of Content & Creative at Embrace Pet Insurance. “Each video in our series was created to help pet parents learn positive training methods they can apply to enhance the lives of their dogs.”

    With Independence Day coming up, the video on fireworks desensitization will be relevant to all of the pet parents who can relate to the stress leading up to the holiday if you have a pet that is fearful of loud noises like fireworks.

    “I’m excited to work with Embrace Pet Insurance to reach millions of pet parents across the country in time for the 4th of July,” said Laura Nativo. “My first experience with fireworks desensitization training came when I adopted my dog, Delilah, who was entering her 2nd fear period just in time for the 4th festivities. By taking a pro-active approach to fireworks training, I’ve managed to help my dogs, and my client dogs, not only endure, but enjoy fireworks and other frightening sounds. With force-free positive reinforcement training, I can help others alleviate a dog’s fear by changing their emotional response to loud noises. My training methods are science-based, and have proven very successful.”

    The seven videos in the series are each around four minutes long. Each topic will also include a blog post that pet parents can use as an additional resource. The video series and blog articles will be hosted by Embrace Pet Insurance on its website and social media accounts. Additional topics featured in the series include:· Intro to positive reinforcement training
    · Sit
    · Recall
    · Leave it
    · Loose leash walking
    · Introducing dogs

    For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance and the Safety FURST video on fireworks desensitization, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/waterbowl/article/dogs-and-fireworks-tips-for-relieving-anxiety. The full video series can be viewed on Embrace Pet Insurance’s YouTube Channel here.

    About Embrace Pet Insurance
    Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit EmbracePetInsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172.

    About Laura Nativo, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
    Laura Nativo is a TV host, pet lifestyle expert, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and her favorite title, proud dog mom. After appearing on the CBS reality series, Greatest American Dog in 2008, Laura embarked (pun intended) on a mission to make the world a better place for pets, in honor of her Pomeranian sidekick, Preston. 10 years later, Laura remains more passionate than ever, about the power of positive reinforcement training to better the human-canine bond. Laura served for four years as the resident pet expert “family member” on the Emmy-nominated lifestyle show, Home & Family, on Hallmark Channel. She hosted two seasons of Dog Park Superstars for the Game Show Network, and has appeared on countless news and talk shows, including The TODAY Show and Inside Edition. Laura is currently in the final stages of development for a new dog TV series that will air on a major cable network. Laura’s three dogs, Preston Casanova (15) Penelope Supafly (8) and Delilah Jane Sassafras (4) all #embraced their work as professional actors, models and their mom’s demo dogs. Look for them starring in the feature films “A Dog & Pony Show” and “The Puppy Swap.” They are the inspiration for Laura’s dedication to helping pet parents communicate with their four-legged best friends. Laura train dogs all along the California coast, and is determined to make dog training easy, accessible and fun for both ends of the leash. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    President was for health insurance mandate before his Justice Department decided not to defend it: Our view

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Tessa Thompson Western ‘Little Woods’ Roped in by Neon NEON has acquired the domestic rights to Nia Dacosta’s feminist neo-Western “Little Woods,” which stars Tessa Thompson as a modern day renegade who skirts the law to help the poor.

    Taking place in an oil town in present-day North Dakota, “Little Woods” follows Ollie (Thompson), a woman who jumps across the border to bring Canadian healthcare and medication to help struggling residents who can’t afford America’s expensive health insurance. When the authorities catch on, Ollie plans to abort her mission, only to be dragged even deeper when her sister (Lily James) asks for help.

    *Also Read:* Jane Fonda, Tessa Thompson Fire Up Women's Respect Rally in Sundance

    Premiring in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Little Woods” is written and directed by DaCosta, with Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig and Tim Headington producing. Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, and Lance Reddick also star.

    NEON, which recently distributed the Oscar-winning “I, Tonya” with 30WEST, will also release the Matthew McConaughey/Snoop Dogg comedy “The Beach Bum” later this year. They negotiated the deal with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. Dacosta is repped by CAA and Management 360.

    *Related stories from TheWrap:*

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    'Thor: Ragnarok' Features Marvel's First Bisexual Superhero, Tessa Thompson Says Reported by The Wrap 17 hours ago.

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    DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Consumers wary of Amazon’s health insurance play — SAP adds child digital therapeutics diagnosis — Mobile diagnostic test shows promise Welcome to DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING, the newsletter providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by Business Insider Intelligence.

    Have feedback? We'd like to hear from you. Write me at: lbeaver@businessinsider.com

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    *US CONSUMERS ARE WARY OF RETAILERS’ MOVES INTO HEALTH INSURANCE: *Retail giants like Amazon, Walmart, and CVS are on the verge of breaking into the health insurance market, but consumer interest in this proposition is tepid. US consumers overwhelmingly said they hold more trust in the current insurance market (69%) than in government run programs (19%) and potential new partnership models led by retailers (12%), according to a Health Edge survey shared with Business Insider Intelligence. That signals an uphill battle for Amazon, which has partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase and is eyeing health insurance; Walmart, which is in talks to acquire Humana; and CVS, which is in the process of merging with Aetna.

    *However, consumer dissatisfaction with legacy insurers’ lack of personalized health services and high costs suggests there’s still opportunity for new players to break into the market:*

    · *Incumbent insurers aren’t offering the tools and services consumers value most.* Respondents listed tools that offer transparency, help finding better care, and incentives for better behavior as the services they value most — and as the ones their plans most often lack. Digital concierge platforms that display the cost and availability of local providers could guide members to care and drive up satisfaction.
    · *Consumers blame insurers for high healthcare costs, suggesting an appetite for players offering lower prices. *An insurer that undercuts incumbents could capture the 31% of consumers who point to legacy insurers as the stakeholder most responsible for high healthcare costs.
    · *Alternative insurance models that offer a digital experience matching that of retail could woo consumers. *The specifics of how players like Amazon, CVS, and Walmart would provide health insurance are murky, which may be dragging on consumer trust. However, given their experience in providing a positive retail experience, consumers are likely to warm to any offerings that leverage this expertise.

    *Incumbents could benefit from snapping up newer players that meet consumer demand for digital health services. *Investing in startups that build out an insurer’s virtual care offerings could have the dual benefit of reducing costs and driving up member satisfaction. An insurtech like Oscar Health is a prime example of how payers can use modern technology and a customer-centric approach to drive membership growth and retention.

    *SAP PARTNERS WITH DIGITAL THERAPEUTICS FOR EARLIER DIAGNOSIS OF CHILD DISEASE: *Software giant SAP has partnered with Cognoa, an FDA-approved machine learning platform, to drive earlier detection of disease for the children of SAP employees, according to MedCity News. Cognoa’s app, which tracks metrics like speech, language, and cognitive ability, has been clinically validated to lower the age of autism diagnosis by more than two years. That's important for a company like SAP because employers bear the brunt of rising healthcare costs. Employers contributed more than $13,000 per covered worker with a family health plan in 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates. That’s up about 60% from 2006. An app like Cognoa could help cut down on healthcare costs due to misdiagnosis and unnecessary tests. Moreover, autism treatment is most effective at an early age, and missing this window due to delayed diagnosis could increase costs down the line. The app also pledges to pinpoint early signs of ADHD, which could help clamp down on costs from what is this most prevalent mental health disorder among US children.

    *DIGITAL URINE TEST HIGHLIGHTS EMERGENCE OF PHONE AT THE CENTER OF CARE: *UK health system Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is piloting an in-home urine test program that converts the smartphone into a clinical-grade medical device, according to Digital Health. Patients scan their urine test using Healthy.io’s app, which automatically analyzes and transmits the results to a doctor. In addition to giving patients the benefit of testing in the convenience of their homes, the National Health Service likely hopes this will encourage earlier intervention and drive down the £1.45 billion ($2 billion) in annual chronic kidney disease costs. The emergence of mobile health solutions — like Healthy.io’s urine test and apps spanning from diagnostic chatbots to medication adherence reminders — put newfound control and information in the hands of patients. Positioning the smartphone at the center of care opens a significant opportunity for insurers — phones could reduce hospital visits and help engage patients in their own treatment, potentially lowering the frequency and volume of claims paid out and driving up customers' lifetime value. Moreover, the data collected from these apps could help insurers and health systems develop personalized care plans and improve health outcomes.

    *CLINICIAN BUY-IN DRAGS ON HOSPITAL DEPLOYMENT OF SECURE MESSAGING PLATFORMS: *Instant messaging is a commonly used mode of communication in health systems. However, many hospitals and clinics don’t have a single communication platform, which can make patient data and clinical information vulnerable. In answer to this issue, 96% of hospitals will have invested in clinical communication platforms by the end of 2018, according to a recent Black Book survey. Having an internal communication platforms can help hospitals establish a standard of security for sharing patient data and clinical information between staff, which could reduce the likelihood of clinicians sending patient data through less secure mediums, such as SMS or messaging apps, such as WhatsApp. In turn, this could help hospitals bolster security and address the growing number of hospital data breaches — 56% of which arise from internal threats, according to Verizon. Unfortunately, providing an internal communication platform doesn’t necessarily address the issue — 30% of survey respondents say they still receive texts from unsecured sources daily. Health system CIOs cite staff buy-in as the biggest challenge to rolling out secure texting, according to a Spok survey. One way around this is to encourage clinician involvement during planning and developing internal advocates to help drum up support for new communication platforms. Further, health systems should invest in platforms that staff will find familiar, convenient, and user friendly to help increase the chance the mediums will be adopted.

    *IN OTHER NEWS:*

    · *Google* is adding additional hires to its healthcare-focused Brain research team, according to CNBC. The team's Medical Digital Assistant project is exploring how audio and touch technologies can improve clinical visits and help doctors automate note-taking using voice recognition.
    · *Kry, *a Swedish telemedicine provider, secured $66 million in Series B funding to bring its total financing up to $93 million, according to MobiHealthNews. Kry has held 350,000 patient visits in Sweden, Norway, and Spain, and will use this funding to expand into new markets like France and the UK.

    Join the conversation about this story » Reported by Business Insider 12 hours ago.

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    Health insurance company Medica says it will offer insurance plans statewide in Iowa again next year through the Affordable Care Act exchange Reported by Seattle Times 6 hours ago.

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    After several years of instability, the same three companies plan to continue offering health insurance in New Hampshire next year through the marketplace created by the Affordable Act Reported by Seattle Times 2 days ago.

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    Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter, and undoubtedly, one of the most popular artists of the decade. She’s won 10 Grammys, a record 23 Billboard Music Awards, and is one of the best-selling musicians in history. More than just a pop sensation who came along with the right look at the right time, her talents have landed her in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Songwriters. Oh, and she’s a decorated philanthropist who routinely donates hundreds… Reported by bizjournals 1 day ago.

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    State Farm insurance agent Brian Pinkstaff hosts grand opening event for new office location in Rockford.

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (PRWEB) June 18, 2018

    On Wednesday, July 11, State Farm agent Brian Pinkstaff will be hosting a grand opening event at his new office, located at 3957 West Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL, from 3-6 p.m. “This event is important to me because it welcomes my community to celebrate my passion to serve them and build lasting relationships for years to come,” said Pinkstaff.

    The event is open to the public. Pinkstaff will be offering finger foods and drinks to all attendees. His mission is to connect with the community, build relationships, protect customers and make their dreams a priority.

    “One of my passions has always been serving my community, and this gives me an opportunity to get more involved in my community and help people understand not only their insurance, but the insurance process,” noted Pinkstaff. “It also helps them make the right decisions for their families and protect their families as best they can.”

    Pinkstaff is an avid motorcycle rider, outdoorsman and Scuba diver since he was 12. He also loves cooking out with family and friends and marine reef keeping.

    About Brian Pinkstaff, State Farm
    Brian Pinkstaff offers auto, home, property, business, life and health insurance. For more information, please call 815-965-5020, or visit http://www.brianpinkstaff.com.

    About the NALA™
    The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. The information and content in this article are not in conjunction with the views of the NALA. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361. Reported by PRWeb 23 hours ago.

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    Embrace is proud to be recognized again this year by the Plain Dealer as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio.

    CLEVELAND (PRWEB) June 18, 2018

    Embrace Pet Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance provider, is proud to be recognized by The Plain Dealer again this year as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio. This is the fourth time that Embrace has made the list since 2014.

    Embrace understands the value of work/life balance and creates a culture in which employees are celebrated for their accomplishments, both inside and outside the office. The atmosphere is one bred from open and honest communication in line with Embrace’s Core Values. Since first receiving this honor, Embrace has more than doubled in number of employees--from around 50 employees in 2014 to more than 120 employees in 2018.

    “The core values at Embrace define everything we do,” said Ashley Qualls, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources for Embrace Pet Insurance. “Our team of dedicated Embracers demonstrate these values by putting them into play every day, and that is what makes Embrace such a special place.” Ambrish Jaiswal, CEO of Embrace, agreed. “Without our passionate, hard-working team, Embrace would not have the continued success that it has. It makes me proud to go to work each day knowing that Embrace employees feel there is such a strong work/life balance.”

    The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

    “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy. It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal,” said Doug Chaffey, CEO of Energage.

    For those that are passionate about helping animals and are looking to explore career opportunities at one of the top workplaces in Northeast, Ohio, visit https://www.embracepetinsurance.com/about-us/jobs for a list of open positions.

    About Embrace Pet Insurance
    Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172

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    Enrollment First, an insurance provider for independent truck drivers will automatically enroll customers in the Rolling Strong health and wellness app. This very proactive approach to health care is the first of its kind for truck drivers

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. (PRWEB) June 18, 2018

    ​Rolling Strong, the provider of driver wellness programs for transportation companies and their drivers, as well as owner-operators, today announced a partnership with Enrollment First Inc. to offer affordable insurance benefits to owner-operators, and to fleets with independent contractors. The partnership takes a breakthrough proactive approach to providing healthcare benefits for truck drivers by automatically enrolling Enrollment First customers in the Rolling Strong health and wellness app.

    “Enrollment First is the first major benefits provider that has embraced our health and wellness program and integrated with us to service owner-operators​ and fleets with independent contractors,” said Stephen Kane, president of Rolling Strong. “This is a breakthrough offering for the industry. Having affordable insurance benefits is important to the wellness of truck drivers and their families. With Enrollment First, we can offer a proactive approach to medical benefits that gives drivers a better chance to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”

    Through its partnership with Rolling Strong, Enrollment First will provide choices in insurance products for drivers and fleets. Its health benefits coverage lines offer wellness and preventive visits without a co-pay or deductible. Additional plans in the voluntary portfolio include dental and vision coverage, life insurance, and other options. Under the agreement, Rolling Strong will promote Enrollment First to its platform users and current and new Enrollment First customers will have automatic access to the Rolling Strong health and wellness platform.

    “Rolling Strong is always striving to focus on the health of truck drivers so this partnership is a natural fit,” said Hazen Mirts, president and chief executive officer of Enrollment First. “Our insurance coverage benefits are in line with their mission of promoting a healthier lifestyle for drivers. With Rolling Strong, our customers have better access to wellness engagement tools while they are on the road. This is a partnership that benefits everyone because it has the same focus at its core.”

    The Rolling Strong health and wellness mobile app for IOS and Android devices offers exercise programs and nutrition and personal health guidance, including the ability to connect with a wellness coach. Drivers can also earn points and rewards for logging sleep, exercising, and meeting daily calorie goals.

    Enrollment First, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a health solutions company with a large network of medical benefits providers that specializes in a turnkey solution for motor carriers, and provides a complete solution to enrollment and marketing for drivers and their individual choices of insurance products. The company employs a dedicated team that manages the day-to-day insurance questions and needs of motor carriers, and drivers on the road. To learn more about Enrollment First, visit http://www.enroll1st.com.

    About Rolling Strong
    The provider of driver wellness programs for transportation companies and their drivers and owner-operators, Rolling Strong promotes behavior change and provides support in the areas of Nutrition, Fitness, Sleep, Stress Management and Weight Management. Driven by its mission to reverse the declining health of America’s CDL Drivers and get them home safely, the company offers in-terminal and on-the-road solutions that target health improvement. Its customizable programs include the Rolling Strong App for drivers and administrative reporting capabilities to help carriers and drivers improve compliance with CDL medical requirements and to implement and manage their wellness initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.rollingstrong.com.

    Media Contact:
    Susan Fall
    LaunchIt Public Relations
    858-490-1050
    susan(at)launchitpr(dot)com Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.

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    *CEO Gives Assessment of How the Canadian Market Will Shape*

    *MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / June 18, 2018 /* Novus Acquisition and Development, Corp. (OTC PINK: NDEV), through its wholly owned subsidiary WCIG Insurance Services, Inc., the nation's first carrier/aggregator offering a cannabis health plan, today showcases an article in PotNetwork Magazine on Novus' assessment on their competitive strategy as they enter Canada.

    We invite you to read the entire article here:

    https://www.potnetwork.com/news/novus-roll-out-canadian-cannabis-coverage

    The Miami-based company sees marijuana legalization, which just passed in the Senate as an opportunity in the Canadian market. While other companies focus on employer-sponsored insurance plans in the Canadian market, Novus is focused on individual coverage. The individual payer system allows consumers to do some things including augmenting coverage to meet their specific needs. "Novus can cover the gaps and fulfill a value proposition in pricing and offer no restrictions to the consumer" according to a statement released by the company.

    Canada is the emerging country in the legal cannabis sector and now with its cannabis regulation all but completed it is poised to set precedent as the world watches. Novus' CEO Frank Labrozzi was interviewed by PotNetwork Magazine last week and was asked regarding Novus' assessment on Canada and it's plans to compete in the great white north.

    While other major insurance companies focus on employer-sponsored insurance plans in the Canadian market, Novus is focused on individual coverage. The article covers three key questions:

    · Will employers increase expenditures on their group policies?
    · Are employers ready to have employees come to work under the influence of certain types of cannabis?
    · How will carriers mitigate risk on reimbursements of cannabis meds?

    Frank Labrozzi, Chief Executive Officer of Novus, stated, "Novus, a pioneer in covering cannabis health plans has first-hand experience with patients who are not wanting restrictions on their cannabis medication consumption, which is imposed by their insurance carrier and are content with regulations set forth by the federal government. Since cannabis is safe to be self-administered, the big-name insurance carriers are coming into the marketplace very cautiously with restrictions on consumption and this is causing patients to be very dissatisfied with their coverage."

    Novus management welcomes the major insurance carriers to come into the market indicating that there is plenty of business to be captured. And, Novus' competitive advantage is with our low overhead making us the better value proposition in pricing with no restrictions to the consumer.

    *We invite you to do your due diligence here:*

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    *About Novus*

    **Novus Acquisition & Development Corp. (NDEV), through its subsidiary WCIG Insurance, provides health insurance and related insurance solutions within the wellness and medical marijuana industries in states where legal programs exist. Novus has developed its infrastructure within many lines of the insurance business such as, health, property & casualty, life, accident and fixed annuities.

    Novus medical cannabis benefits package will work as outside developers and will not cultivate, handle, transport grow, extract, dispense, put up for sale, put on the market, vend, deliver, supply, circulate, or trade cannabis or any substances that violate the United States law or the Controlled Substances Act, nor does it intend to do so in the future and will continue to follow state and federal laws. The statements made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on these press releases or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. Once a push notification is competed the transaction is solely between the state-licensed dispensary and the registered patient.

    The state laws are in conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act. The current administration has effectively stated that it is not an efficient use of resources to direct federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute those lawfully abiding by state designated laws, allowing the use and distribution of medical marijuana. However, there is no guarantee that the current administration, nor any future administration, will not change this policy and decide to enforce the federal laws strongly. Any such change in the federal government's enforcement of current federal laws could cause significant financial changes to Novus Medical Group. While we do not intend to harvest, distribute or sell cannabis or cannabis related products, we may be harmed by a change in enforcement by federal or state governments.

    · For more information, please visit: http://www.getnovusnow.com
    · For NDEV Q2 2017 and 2016 Annual Financial Filings: https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/NDEV/filings
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    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    **This release includes forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and reflects management's current expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Some of these factors include: general global economic conditions; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; increasing competition; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify and develop and achieve commercial success; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain and improve the quality of services; changes in the economy; changes in laws and regulations, includes codes and standards, intellectual property rights, and tax matters; or other matters not anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements. Novus Medical Group disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    *Contact Information*

    Corporate:
    Chairman and CEO
    Frank Labrozzi
    frank@ndev.biz
    855-228-7355

    Investors:
    Hayden IR
    hart@haydenir.com
    917-658-7878

    *SOURCE: *Novus Acquisition and Development, Corp. Reported by Accesswire 18 hours ago.

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    Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange, New Jersey’s premier professional liability insurer formed by and governed through an alliance of independent physicians, is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Lupi as Director of Sales. Mr. Lupi is a highly-accomplished sales leader in the healthcare and insurance industry, whose long, successful career has spanned more than 25 years.

    WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (PRWEB) June 18, 2018

    Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange, New Jersey’s premier professional liability insurer formed by and governed through an alliance of independent physicians, is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Lupi as Director of Sales. Mr. Lupi is a highly-accomplished sales leader in the healthcare and insurance industry, whose long, successful career has spanned more than 25 years.

    “Everywhere Ron Lupi has served, he has been extremely successful in building strong sales teams, cultivating relationships and trust, and exceeding sales goals,” said Conventus President Lyn Winters. “In addition to all of his accomplishments, what stood out to us from first meeting Ron was his focus on the customer. At Conventus, our doctors are more than customers, they are members and owners of the Exchange. Our dedication to their success continues far beyond the sale, and Ron understands that.”

    Mr. Lupi comes to Conventus from TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation), the nation’s largest privately held, third-party administrator for employee benefits programs, where he was Vice President of Group Sales. Prior to TASC, Mr. Lupi spent ten years at BenefitMall, a national provider of employee benefits, payroll, HR and employer services, where he rose to Area Director of Sales for New Jersey.

    Previous to that he had very successful stints as Regional Sales Manager for HEALTHFIRST, a provider-sponsored health insurance company in New York, and National Managed Care Account Executive for Block Vision, a leader in vision benefits management.

    “I’m very proud to join an organization like Conventus,” Mr. Lupi said. “This is truly a team, with everyone working towards a common goal of helping our physician members and their practices thrive. Having the opportunity to help grow the Exchange, for the benefit of our members and the New Jersey healthcare community overall, is extremely exciting.”

    About Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange
    As New Jersey’s premier professional liability insurer formed by and governed through an alliance of physicians, Conventus is devoted to serving the best interests of independent physician practices. Conventus members and their staff enjoy exclusive access to insurance products and highly personalized services, gaining the practical knowledge and expert resources they need to improve practice performance, better serve their patients, and remain independent. The Conventus team prides itself on being forward lookers and solution partners whose sole purpose is to help independent physician practices thrive in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. Learn more at http://www.conventusnj.com.

    Follow Conventus on Twitter @ConventusNJ and LinkedIn at Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange Reported by PRWeb 17 hours ago.

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