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Insurers Turn Attention to the Chronically Ill

Private health insurers are now paying more attention to relatively small numbers of patients who consume large amounts of health care services.

Traditionally, public sector insurers, most notably Medicaid programs, have invested greater time and effort in managing the care of chronically ill patients, but as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, this is now a concern for private insurers as well.  Under health care reform, insurers will neither be able to charge higher premiums for people with chronic medical conditions nor deny them coverage, so they are developing new ways to help manage the care of such individuals more effectively and keep them healthier and less in need of medical services.

Read more about the latest efforts of private insurers to address this long-standing challenge in this New York Times articleWheelchair.

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