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Big players dropping HSA business despite growth potential

Published June 13, 2016 CST

Financial institutions believe the prospects and potential profits for HSAs aren't big enough.

House committee approves boost in HSA contributions

Published June 16, 2016 CST

Employees could make bigger contributions to their HSAs, while colleges and universities that don't extend health coverage to student employees would not be exposed to huge penalties, under a pair of bills.

Delta 401(k) participants sue Fidelity alleging fiduciary breach

Published May 31, 2016 CST

Plaintiffs allege that units of Fidelity Investments "inflated the price of investment advice services" for their retirement plan.

Congress members target employer tax breaks for health care premiums

Published June 14, 2016 CST

Reducing or eliminating tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance could pose a threat to the group insurance market.

Small, midsize employers rethinking wellness offerings

Published June 21, 2016 CST

On-site flu vaccines and nurse hotlines giving way to standing desks and other initiatives.

Aetna, Humana extend merger deadline

Published June 24, 2016 CST

The extension as seen as a sign that the health insurers likely underestimated the hurdles they would have to jump to close the deal.

Zenefits laying off employees, paying others to quit

Published June 15, 2016 CST

Investors point to the human resources software startup as a cautionary tale for firms that try to grow too quickly.

(subscription required)Benefit brokers moving from sales to service

Published June 19, 2016 CST

One-time transactional insurance middlemen become one-stop-shops for benefits and human resources.

Wellness classes rage against the machine

Published June 20, 2016 CST

In "rage workshops," women can pummel pillows with baseball bats and scream real loud.

Senate Democrats ask DOJ to block health insurer mergers

Published June 22, 2016 CST

A group of Senate Democrats on Wednesday urged the Justice Department to block the proposed Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers, which would shrink the number of national health insurers to three from five.

Employees happy with wellness program results

Published June 02, 2016 CST

Most employees enrolled in wellness programs believe they are aiding them in lowering their health care costs, a survey says.

Health insurance mega-deals aren't winning over large employers

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Fortune 500 companies say they won't be disappointed if insurance regulators torpedo pending health insurance mergers.

(subscription required)Health care providers enter the insurance arena

Published June 05, 2016 CST

The lines are blurring between traditional health insurers and providers as more health systems develop their own insurance plans.

Fitbit unveils health and wellness services

Published June 07, 2016 CST

Fitbit Inc., San Francisco, has launched Fitbit Group Health, which brings together the offerings Fitbit provides to corporate wellness.

State to make drugmakers justify largest price hikes

Published June 06, 2016 CST

Vermont has become the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify the prices of expensive prescription drugs.

California insurance commissioner wants Cigna-Anthem blocked

Published June 16, 2016 CST

State concerned premiums will rise if the deal goes through.

House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

Published June 17, 2016 CST

Republicans to issue a plan to replace ACA in preparation to make their move after the presidential election.

GOP plan would eliminate ACA employer mandate, revamp Cadillac tax

Published June 22, 2016 CST

New package lays groundwork for legislative action on President Barack Obama's signature program.

Health insurer joins stampede to narrow networks

Published June 27, 2016 CST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million.

Clock ticking on Cadillac tax repeal

Published June 07, 2016 CST

Time is running out for Congress to act this year on legislation that would repeal the health care reform law's oft-criticized Cadillac tax.

(subscription required)Pension ruling triggers dire warnings

Published June 05, 2016 CST

Treasury's rejection of a proposal by the Central States Pension Fund to slash benefits sets the stage for the plan's collapse.

Nine groups file lawsuit to strike down 'capricious' DOL fiduciary rule

Published June 02, 2016 CST

A group of opponents to the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule has filed a lawsuit in a Texas District Court seeking to strike down the regulation and sticking broadly to familiar arguments levied against the rule.

Province adopts defined benefit pension plan law

Published June 02, 2016 CST

Ontario has passed legislation to establish a provincial defined benefit plan.

New health reform bill shows why Republicans struggle with replacing ACA

Published June 01, 2016 CST

The bill would abolish ACA rules that nearly everyone must have insurance and that larger employers must offer health coverage.

Nurse sues employer that won't cover gender reassignment treatments

Published June 09, 2016 CST

A transgender nurse has sued Dignity Health for denying its transgender employees insurance for transition-related health care.