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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

03 May 2018

Cigna first quarter profit beats but shares drop on Express Scripts worries

Cigna Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year forecast on Thursday, but investors remained concerned about its planned $52 billion acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Co , sending shares 2.6 percent lower.

02 May 2018

Humana CEO emphasizes partnerships, no clues on a major deal

The head of Humana Inc on Wednesday said the U.S. health insurer is focused on corporate partnerships and small deals to create health clinics, curbing investor hopes of an imminent major transaction as the sector undergoes a seismic consolidation.

17 Apr 2018

UnitedHealth earnings ease investor worries over flu season, stock up

UnitedHealth Group Inc , the largest U.S. health insurer, on Tuesday reassured investors that the pervasive flu season did not crimp first-quarter earnings as had been feared, boosting its shares as well as those of rivals.

04 Apr 2018

Ohio regulator orders insurers, benefit managers to give lowest drug price

The Ohio Department of Insurance said on Wednesday that pharmacy benefit managers and insurers would have to disclose the lowest price for a prescription drug for Ohio consumers, part of a move to prevent insured consumers potentially paying more than those without insurance.

04 Apr 2018

U.S. Obamacare 2018 exchange enrollment drops 3 percent: CMS

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, a 3 percent drop from last year when 12.2 million consumers signed up, according to a final government tally released on Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

02 Apr 2018

U.S. government sets 3.40 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers

The U.S. government on Monday said it would increase by 3.40 percent on average 2019 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and the disabled, a higher-than-expected rise reflecting a projection of higher medical cost growth.

08 Mar 2018

Health insurer Cigna to buy Express Scripts for about $52 billion

U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp struck a $52-billion (37.65 billion pounds) deal to buy pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) Express Scripts Holding Co on Thursday, looking for new ways to hold onto their profits as the industry faces greater scrutiny for rising healthcare costs. | Video

20 Feb 2018

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

06 Feb 2018

Allergan's profit beats; migraine drug succeeds in key study

Allergan Plc on Tuesday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on robust demand for Botox, boosted its earnings forecast and announced positive data on one of the two migraine treatments it is developing.

01 Feb 2018

U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers

NEW YORK The U.S. government on Thursday proposed an increase of 1.84 percent on average in its 2019 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for more than 20 million elderly or disabled people.

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