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Humana spent $281 K lobbying federal gov't in 3Q

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 11:46am
The Associated Press

Health insurer Humana Inc. sliced its spending on third-quarter federal lobbying by 69 percent compared to 2009, as it focused on only a handful of Congressional acts.

The Louisville, Ky., insurer spent $281,000 in the July to September period, which represented a 4 percent increase from this year's second quarter but a big drop from the same quarter last year, according to lobbying reports filed with the clerk of the House of Representatives.

Humana lobbied on an act to foster transparency about the commercial use of personal information, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and the Medicare Beneficiary Choice Preservation Act, among other measures. In the same quarter last year, the insurer lobbied on dozens of health care-related acts and on Tricare provisions in a National Defense Authorization Act.

Humana is the fifth-largest publicly traded health insurer based on enrollment. It sells commercial health insurance and Medicare Advantage plans. It also administers Medicaid coverage and provides coverage through the military's Tricare program.

Besides Congress, Humana also lobbied the White House and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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