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Employees often disengage from employer wellness programs

Published October 07, 2015 CST

BOSTON — Employers are struggling to connect workplace wellness programs and incentives to the wants and needs of their employees, according to a new study.

Central States Teamsters pension fund seeks permission to cut benefits

Published October 05, 2015 CST

Painful measures will have to be taken to save the Teamsters Central States, Southeast & Southwest Areas Pension Fund, which is projected to become insolvent in 2026.

Successful wellness program can trim disability, absence costs

Published October 06, 2015 CST

After revamping its wellness program to target high blood pressure, cholesterol, body-mass index and other biometric indicators of metabolic syndrome, CarMax sees a significant drop in costs associated with employee absences.

U.S. insurers hold back Lilly's death-defying diabetes drug

Published October 02, 2015 CST

A promising new diabetes drug is being shunned by America's largest health insurers.

Over half of employers could trigger health plan excise tax

Published October 01, 2015 CST

Nearly 60% of employers expect to get hit with the health care reform law's 40% Cadillac tax on costly health insurance plans.

Retailer J.C. Penney buys group annuity for retiree pensions

Published October 02, 2015 CST

In the latest corporate move to reduce pension liability risks, J.C. Penney said it will transfer retirees' pension benefits to Prudential Insurance Co. of America.

Gas utility seeks OK to fund life insurance, disability via captive

Published October 07, 2015 CST

A St. Louis-based utility company has asked the U.S. Labor Department for permission to use its South Carolina captive insurer to fund life insurance and long-term disability risks.

Group health plan costs expected to continue modest growth

Published October 06, 2015 CST

The health plan cost per employee rose just 4.1% this year, according to a survey of employers by Towers Watson & Co. and the National Business Group on Health.

New Aetna exec will oversee Humana integration

Published September 30, 2015 CST

Former OptumHealth CEO Rick Jelinek has been charged with overseeing Aetna's planned integration with rival health insurer Humana Inc.

Massachusetts adjusts health services surcharge that funds care for uninsured

Published October 05, 2015 CST

Massachusetts regulators have slightly reduced the annual surcharge on services received at hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in the state.

Broker acquires pension administration firm

Published October 02, 2015 CST

Insurance broker CBIZ Inc. has acquired Roswell, Georgia-based pension administration services provider Pension Resource Group Inc.

Health care law’s insurer stabilization fund underfunded

Published October 02, 2015 CST

The temporary reimbursement program established to help insurers deal with the financial effects of the federal health care reform law is drastically underfunded, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Repeal of health reform's Cadillac tax gains bipartisan support

Published September 30, 2015 CST

Republicans aren't alone in their fight against the health care reform law's hefty excise tax on expensive health insurance plans.

Companies taking different approaches to wellness

Published September 28, 2015 CST

When it comes to participation in wellness programs, money talks or employees walk.

Maximum FSA contributions expected to stay the same for 2016

Published August 19, 2015 CST

With inflation running low, the maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts in 2016 is expected to remain unchanged, according to the latest government statistics.