Healthcare website down again, days before deadline

Healthcare website down again, days before deadline

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The federal healthcare exchange website went down again Friday, days before a deadline next week for customers to choose coverage.
Insurance executives iffy about possible fixes to canceled policies

Insurance executives iffy about possible fixes to canceled policies

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Insurance company executives say they have mixed feelings about a proposed fix to the new healthcare law after a White House meeting with President Obama.
39 Democrats defect on healthcare vote, Obama meets insurance execs

39 Democrats defect on healthcare vote, Obama meets insurance execs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- President Obama Friday met with insurance company executives to discuss his plan to allow some policyholders to keep their current healthcare plans for a year.
Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The White House may try to delay the deadline for the Affordable Care Act individual mandate by as much as six weeks, NBC News reported in Washington Wednesday.

More funds go to Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- After a bipartisan push by 160 members of Congress, the U.S. government said Medicare Advantage plans for seniors won't be cut 7 percent to 8 percent in 2014.

Health insurers balk at health bill taxes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- An insurance industry lobbyist said the nation's new health plan would cost U.S. insurance firms $225 billion over the next ten years.

Insurers could win in healthcare debate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Insurers could win big in U.S. healthcare reform, thanks to a tactic of shaping universal coverage to benefit companies, a review of lobbying efforts shows.

Health insurers agree to end gender bias

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The president of a health insurance trade group testified in Washington the industry should to stop charging women higher premiums for healthcare.

Health premiums grew at slow rate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cost containment and quality improvements helped slow down health insurance premium rate growth in the United States, a trade association said.

Health Biz: HSAs make early headway

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Health savings accounts were not designed to be the sole solution to the 45 million uninsured in the United States but as the country observes Cover the Uninsured Week this new insurance genre appears to be the best -- and at the moment only -- option goi

Health Biz: Divide still wide on AHPs

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Thursday in Health Biz: Democrats want to help small business afford health insurance for workers -- as long as it doesn't involve association health plans.

HealthBiz: Trying to assess HSA success

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The success of Health Savings Accounts still is a hot topic in Washington, a study analyzes hospital mergers, and other health industry news.

Health Biz: Malpractice caps not enough

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Bush adminstration is pushing for damage caps but malpractice legislation really needs to do much more, FSA reform not likely, and other healthcare industry news.

HealthBiz: Medicare drug list delivered

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Final guidelines created by U.S. Pharmacopeia on what drugs insurers participating in Medicare Part D should include in their formularies have been delivered to government. regulators.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

HealthBiz: Another governor tapped for HHS

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- President Bush has nominated another governor to head the Department of Health and Human Services -- another governor who is bullish on states having flexibility to make innovations and changes to their Medicaid programs without a lot of federal hassle.
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Karen Ignagni
Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans speaks during a briefing for Congressional staffers about the use of information technology in the health care industry on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2006. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Karen Ignagni (b. 1954, Niagara Falls, NY) is the president and chief executive officer of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) former HIAA (Health Insurance Association of America). She is often mentioned as one of the most effective lobbyists and the most powerful people in healthcare. She is currently involved with attempts to reform health care in the United States to benefit health insurance companies.

Ignagni grew up in Providence, where her father was a fireman and mother worked at the city hall. She graduated from the Providence College, where she majored in political science, and from Loyola College Executive MBA program.

Ignagni led the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) from 1993 until 2003 when it merged with the Health Insurance Association of America. Before joining AAHP, she was a director of the AFL-CIO's Department of Employee Benefits. Previously she worked in the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a staffer for Senator Claiborne Pell.

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