Many more eHealth customers opted for short-term plans over unsubsidized Affordable Care Actcompliant plans during the first half of the ACA open-enrollment period for 2019 coverage than during the previous open enrollment, private health insurance exchange eHealth reported. Among eHealth customers buying short-term plans and ACA plans without subsidies, 7 in 10 enrolled in a short-term insurance plan between Nov. 1 and Nov. 25, while 30% opted to buy an ACA plan at full cost. During the first half of open enrollment for 2018 coverage, 56% chose a short-term insurance plan, while 44% enrolled in an unsubsidized ACA plan.
Lyft has hired its first vice president of healthcare. Megan Callahan comes to the on-demand transportation company from Change Healthcare, where she was chief strategy officer. She will lead Lyft’s development of healthcare services and technology. Lyft’s healthcare rides have been growing, with three times more in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the prior-year period. The company has partnerships with some big players in the industry, including not-for-profit health system Ascension, electronic health records and software vendor Allscripts, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Advocate Aurora Health will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2021. With roughly $11 billion in annual revenue, the health system is the 10th-largest not-for-profit hospital network in the nation. Up to 21% of its 70,000 employees will benefit from the increase, which will hit $13 an hour in 2019 and $14 in 2020, said Kevin Brady, chief human resources officer at Advocate Aurora. Employees are spread across 500 sites of care— including 27 hospitals—in Illinois and Wisconsin, where minimum wage is $8.25 and $7.25 an hour, respectively. Minimum wage in Chicago is $12 an hour, but will increase to $13 in July.