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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.

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