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UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint were singled out for praise by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. By the fall, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, children under the age of 26 will have the option of staying on their parents’ plans. Sebelius praised the two companies for not waiting until then to begin providing such coverage. This praise comes at a good time for WellPoint, which has recently been accused of recission by enrollees who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.... Comparative effectiveness research, already given a $1.1 billion boost by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the stimulus — will get an added infusion of $3 billion thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that interest in such research has spurred UnitedHealthcare to acquire QualityMetric, a company that “measures how patients rate the effectiveness of care.”


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