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EEOC proposes rules for workplace wellness financial incentives

Published April 16, 2015 CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday published a long-awaited set of proposed rules clarifying the agency's stance on the use of financial incentives within workplace wellness programs.

UnitedHealth books another profitable quarter, raises 2015 outlook

Published April 16, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. is rolling as one of the biggest winners in the Affordable Care Act era as the health insurer and services company posted significant gains across all lines of its business.

Aetna, Cigna balk as Angelina effect spurs genetic cancer testing

Published April 13, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Medical researchers call it the "Angelina Effect," the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie's public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Optum acquires urgent-care company MedExpress

Published April 10, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group continued its buying streak, announcing its Optum division bought MedExpress, an operator of urgent-care clinics.

Uninsured rate for adults drops 40% since 2013

Published April 16, 2015 CST

Aided by health care reform law provisions that took effect at the beginning of 2014, the percentage of uninsured nonelderly adults has fallen by more than 40%, according to a new analysis.

Health care support firm gets OK to fund benefits in its captive

Published April 16, 2015 CST

The U.S. Labor Department has given final authorization to Healthcare Services Group Inc., a Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based provider of management and other services to health care companies, to fund voluntary medical, life and short-term disability benefits through its New Jersey-based captive insurance company.

Lower interest rates, longer life spans give pensions double whammy

Published April 14, 2015 CST

Slammed by lower interest rates and adoption of new mortality assumptions reflecting longer life spans, funding levels of the largest U.S. corporate pension plans plunged in 2014, Towers Watson & Co. said Tuesday.

Health care law reinsurance fee to generate about $10 billion says HHS

Published April 17, 2015 CST

A health care reform law-created program that imposes a fee on self-funded employers and other health care plan sponsors is expected to generate enough revenue to partially reimburse insurers — under earlier government set standards — covering those with high health care costs in the individual market, federal regulators say.

Benefits lobbying group targets health care law's excise tax, work week rule

Published April 15, 2015 CST

Five years after President Obama signed his signature health reform care law, it is time for legislators to consider changes to the law, the head of an employer benefits lobbying group says.

Illinois deferred compensation plan sets auto re-enrollment

Published April 07, 2015 CST

The Illinois State Board of Investment is automatically re-enrolling all 52,000 participants in the $4.1 billion Illinois State Employees' 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, based in Springfield, driving members out of the most popular investment option in the process.

Corporate wellness programs growing in popularity

Published March 29, 2015 CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how workplace wellness programs are improving employees' health and helping employers reduce medical costs.

Incentive-based wellness programs gain popularity

Published February 19, 2015 CST

More employers are adding health-contingent financial incentives to their workplace wellness programs in order to improve employees' health and reduce medical costs, according to new survey data released this week.