Cigna notified individual medical plan holders that their off-exchange individual and family medical Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans will be discontinued next year.
Cigna argued that offering individual plans in the state is not sustainable for its business due to Connecticut's small customer base. It will not, however, affect employer-sponsored plans.
"Our decisions are based on where we can provide customers with access to the best combination of affordability, quality, and overall value. In this way, we view each market as a discrete opportunity to test and learn, in order to offer sustainable and affordable health benefits in the communities we serve," Cigna spokesman Joe Mondy wrote in a statement to NBC Connecticut.
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Apple is OK for the time being: For those silently worrying how the Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 8 will sell, simmer down -- the tech giant still has several huge advantages. On the hardware side, for instance, the iPhone still feels ahead of the pack thanks not only to Apple's design skills and the visible features of its hardware, but also what's under the hood points out TheStreet's tech columnist Eric Jhonsa. From the looks of things, the iPhone 8 should extend that lead, Jhonsa predicts.
Tesla is looking wobbly: Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) shares are looking a little shaky (again) after its Model S didn't get a top rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), reports TheStreet's James Skinner. The IIHS cited issues with the small overlap front test, which is meant to simulate crashes into trees, poles and other vehicles, as why the Model S did not receive the highest rating. IIHS Executive Vice President David Zuby said the front test remains a "hurdle" for some vehicles.
"Tesla made changes to the safety belt in vehicles built after January with the intent of reducing the dummy's forward movement," IIHS said. "However, when IIHS tested the modified Model S, the same problem occurred, and the rating didn't change."
Costco finally scores some good news: After watching its stock crash about 13% inside a month thanks to fears Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) and Whole Foods (WFM) will dominate society, Costco (COST) scored a nice win. Costco said same-store sales in June rose 6.5% in June. Canada saw sales up 3.2%, while international sales rose 6.2%.
The numbers should serve as a reminder how resilient Costco's business has been in the face of Amazon's rise.
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