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Top 10 Health Plan Stories of 2011
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It has been a year full of health plan surprises as insurers prepare for the continued implementation of healthcare reform. Controlling the patient cost curve was the focus of mergers, acquisitions, and new alliances undertaken during 2011.

New rules set minimum standards for medical costs, and one insurer took a controversial step it hopes will help control healthcare costs. And as an early Christmas gift for health insurers, the Department of Health and Human Services declined to set a federal standard for essential benefits.