September 20, 2019
The US is wading into election season, and once again the healthcare system is a prime focal point for each campaign. And although the subject of “Medicare for All” was certainly present back in 2016, movements to overhaul the country’s insurance industry have gained some steam among voters over the last few years and now command considerable airtime during debates between presidential hopefuls....
May 16, 2019
Help from above. The Department of Justice has taken the side of tech-enabled insurer Oscar Health in a federal antitrust suit it filed in November of last year against Florida Blue, Crain’s New York Business reports. While Oscar’s motion for a temporary injunction was rejected by a federal judge back in February, the DOJ filed a statement in April arguing that Florida Blue had incorrectly...
April 24, 2019
Today Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, announced that it has cut a deal with Oscar Health — the first such healthcare insurer agreement for the startup.
As part of the new agreement, Oscar Health members will be able to enter their insurance information and then download the Cardiogram app. While the Cardiogram...
January 17, 2019
Dr. Bimal Shah and Courtnee Westendorf have been announced as the chief medical officer and chief marketing officer, respectively, of Livongo Health. Shah was promoted internally from a position of SVP of clinical strategy, while Westendorf previously served as the chief marketing officer of the Oakland Raiders football team.
“We are excited to have a leading marketing executive like Courtnee...
November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September.
Diabetes management and prevention
A handful of payer news during this period...
August 15, 2018
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is investing $375 million in Oscar Health, the technology-driven health insurer cofounded by Mario Schlosser and Joshua Kushner, brother of White House advisor Jared Kushner.
The funds will help move the New York City-based insurer into its next phase of expansion, entering the Medicare Advantage market.
"Today, we are announcing Alphabet's plans to invest...
March 28, 2018
Tech-friendly, consumer empowerment-focused health insurance startup Oscar Health has closed a $165 million funding round led by Brian Singerman and Founders Fund, according to a recent blog post from the company’s cofounders. Other participants in the round included Verily Life Sciences, Fidelity, 8VC, General Catalyst, Capital G, Khosla Ventures, Thrive Capital, and other unnamed investors.
July 19, 2017
Oscar Health is working with Humana to offer commercial health insurance to small businesses in a nine-county Nashville, Tenn. area. Tech-saavy insurance startup Oscar is teaming up with incumbent Humana at a time when it’s just begun to expand from the individual market into working with employers through its Oscar for Business unit. Humana will provide licenses to operate in Nashville as well...
June 21, 2017
Oscar Health plans to expand the reach of its innovative, tech-savvy insurance plan into six states in 2018. Pending regulatory approval from the states, the move will include the service's return to New Jersey, where it pulled out last year, expansions in existing markets, and brand new launches in Tennessee and Ohio (via the previously announced Cleveland Clinic partnership).
June 16, 2017
Cleveland Clinic is venturing into the health insurance business for the first time with Oscar Health.
The organizations announced this week they will offer co-branded health insurance plans to consumers in northeast Ohio, marking Cleveland Clinic's first entrée into the payer market with a product bearing its name.
The health plans are expected to be sold on the Ohio health insurance exchange as...