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Health plan premium costs rising for most employers

Published August 21, 2015 CST

The vast majority of employers are reporting increases in the premiums they currently pay for employee health plans, according to a new survey by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Health care premiums rise, more increases coming

Published August 26, 2015 CST

Group health care premiums continue to outpace inflation, and while most employers are feeling the pressure of rising health care costs, benefits experts say smaller employers may face a heavier burden.

Cigna cleared of stealing firm's points-based wellness plan

Published August 25, 2015 CST

An Illinois appeals court says Cigna Corp. did not steal its concept for a points-based workplace wellness program from a competing health insurer.

Pharmacy benefit managers sue over first-of-its kind Arkansas law

Published August 18, 2015 CST

The national association representing pharmacy benefit managers is suing the state of Arkansas over a first-of-its kind law governing payments to pharmacies for generic drugs.

CBS Sports worker can sue UnitedHealth over mental health parity

Published August 21, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. must face litigation that it illegally restricted a CBS Sports Network employee's coverage for mental health expenses, a federal appeals court has ruled.

New tool will compare costs and benefits of cancer treatments

Published August 21, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — As options for cancer patients become increasingly complicated and expensive, the most influential source for U.S. oncology treatment guidelines will for the first time offer a tool to assess the costs versus benefits of available therapies.

Number of employers hit by Cadillac tax expected to grow over years

Published August 25, 2015 CST

An analysis released Tuesday projected that 26% of employers offering health care benefits could trigger the Cadillac tax in 2018 unless they make changes to their plans.

Specialty drugs continue to drive up health care costs

Published August 27, 2015 CST

Pharmacy costs are expected to rise by double-digit percentages in the coming year, driven by a sharp increase in the cost of specialty drugs, according to an Aon P.L.C. survey.

Boeing 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit settled

Published August 27, 2015 CST

Attorneys for The Boeing Co., Chicago, and participants in a Boeing 401(k) plan reached a provisional settlement in a case in which the participants had alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by plan administrators.

Health Net considered takeover options since 2013

Published August 21, 2015 CST

Health Net, the Woodland Hills, California-based insurer that is being acquired, had explored the market for almost two years before inking its sale to Centene Corp. this summer, a regulatory filing shows.

Manufacturing firm buying annuity to replace 1,900 retirees’ pensions

Published August 20, 2015 CST

The Lincoln Electric Co. is buying a group annuity contract to provide pension benefits to about 1,900 retirees, the Cleveland-based welding products manufacturer announced Wednesday.

(subscription required)Employers cut costs through benefits captives

Published August 16, 2015 CST

BURLINGTON, Vt. — An integral part of the corporate culture of Sealed Air Corp. is to look for better ways of doing things, says Howard Edelstein , director of risk management in the packing goods manufacturer's Elmwood Park, New Jersey, office.

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