Insurers in the news: June 9-16

The following insurers made headlines this week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

1. With $25M raised, digital insurer League plans to expand in Seattle, beyond
Digital health insurance provider League expanded its footprint in North America after receiving $25 million in its first round of investor funding.

2. Cigna opens 24/7 hotline in wake of Orlando shooting
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna opened a 24/7 telephone help line to anyone affected by the shooting at Orlando, Fla.-based LGBT nightclub Pulse. 

3. Aetna recognizes 2 employees who died in Orlando shooting
Hartford, Conn.-based Aenta responded to the deaths of two of its employees and a third employee who was wounded in a shooting at Orlando, Fla.-based LGBT nightclub Pulse.

4. Premier Health hospitals no longer in CareSource's Just4Me network
Dayton, Ohio-based CareSource dropped Dayton-based Premier Health from its Just4Me health plans, effective Aug. 1.

5. Memorial Hermann Health System, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO
Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System and health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare formed an accountable care organization.

6. John Hancock to raise long-term healthcare policy rates 20%
Boston-based John Hancock Financial confirmed its hiking rates for plans covering individuals' in-home and nursing home care by about 20 percent.

7. UnitedHealthcare to reimburse kidney donors' travel expenses
UnitedHealthcare said it will pay up to $5,000 to kidney transplant donors for lodging and travel expenses, effective January 2017.   

8. SAG and AFTRA to merge health plans
Hollywood-based Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists plan to merge their two healthcare plans to cover more than 65,000 members.

9. BCBS of Tennessee cautions customers of phone scam
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee enrollees, beware: You might be the subject of a phone scam.


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