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On Feb. 5, CVS Caremark Chief Executive Larry Merlo said, “We’ve come to the decision that cigarettes have no place in an environment where healthcare is being delivered.” The company, he announced, will remove all cigarette and tobacco products from its 7,600 pharmacies nationwide by Oct. 1. The move is expensive, with up to $2 [...]


Under Obamacare’s new insurance marketplaces, people in Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania, and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains for health care coverage. Premiums in these areas are half the price of policies in the most expensive regions, based on the lowest cost of a “silver” plan – the mid-range plan most consumers are choosing. “The cheapest [...]


Everyone knows that the U.S. health care system is inefficient. This hurts both the nation and the employers that offer coverage to their workers. But a new study by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Toronto claims that the average U.S. physician pays $61,000 more in administrative costs per year than their Canadian [...]

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At RIMS 2011 Vancouver a few weeks ago, I got the chance to speak with Wells Fargo Insurance Services President and CEO Neal Aton to discuss the current state of the market and his company’s expansion over the past decade, something accelerated by the Wachovia merger at the end of 2008. Much like most other insurance executives [...]