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Group health care plans see modest cost increases: Mercer

Published November 19, 2014 CST

Aided by a surge in enrollment in high-deductible plans, group health care plan costs have continued to increase modestly this year, according to a survey by Mercer L.L.C.

Employers get until Dec. 5 to file ACA's reinsurance fee forms

Published November 17, 2014 CST

Federal regulators have given employers until Dec. 5 to submit a form with information that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will use to calculate a “reinsurance” fee.

PBGC deficit hits record $61.7B in 2014

Published November 17, 2014 CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s deficit hit a record $61.7 billion in fiscal 2014, the agency said Monday.

Obama administration fudged exchange enrollment with stand-alone dental plans

Published November 21, 2014 CST

Alex Wayne reports for Bloomberg that the government inflated its 2014 enrollment figures for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges by including dental plans with medical plans.

Judge to hear arguments over Illinois pension reform law

Published November 20, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Illinois faces an uphill battle on Thursday to defend the constitutionality of a law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability.

Employers to stick with health plan designs in 2015, add wellness incentives

Published November 20, 2014 CST

Very few employers are planning to make drastic changes to their group health benefit plans in 2015, opting instead to add incentives to workplace wellness programs, according to new survey data.

Workplace wellness programs can flag chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Published November 11, 2014 CST

WASHINGTON — As workplace wellness programs become more common among U.S. employers, benefit managers and their wellness vendors are uniquely positioned to help promote early diagnosis and treatment of CPOD.

Q&A: Sibyl Bogardus, Hub International Ltd.

Published November 09, 2014 CST

Sibyl Bogardus is Hub International Ltd.'s Salt Lake City-based chief compliance officer for the Western region, and is a nationally recognized expert in employee benefits regulation. Recently, she spoke with Business Insurance Associate Editor Matt Dunning about key compliance issues facing benefit managers in the coming months. Edited excerpts follow.