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D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges

Published July 22, 2014 CST

A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Benefit costs, regulations remain top HR concerns: Gallagher survey

Published July 21, 2014 CST

Rising health care costs and evolving regulations continue to be the top human resources challenge facing employers, and many companies are struggling to effectively meet that challenge, according to a new survey.

Cheyenne city council votes to end employee wellness program

Published June 13, 2014 CST

Citing financial strain on the municipal workers, the city council of Cheyenne, Wyoming, has voted to abandon the city's employee wellness program, despite evidence that it improved nearly one-third of participating employees' health risk profiles.

TPAs are stuck with the bill in health reform contraception coverage dispute

Published July 20, 2014 CST

Even before rulings in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Wheaton College court cases, third-party administrators were paying millions of dollars for contraceptive services on behalf of their religious organization clients that automatically qualified for an exception to this coverage mandate.

Supreme Court ruling will test range of health reform's contraceptive mandate

Published July 20, 2014 CST

The U.S. Supreme Court's pivotal ruling last month that the federal government cannot force family-owned, private employers to directly provide contraceptive coverage could have wider reaching implications for private companies and benefits administrators.

Firms that cut birth-control coverage must notify workers: White House

Published July 18, 2014 CST

If closely held companies want to nix their employees' insurance coverage of contraceptives, they can't do so in secret.

U.S. appeals court rules for same-sex marriage in Oklahoma

Published July 18, 2014 CST

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking the right to legally marry in the state of Oklahoma.

4th Circuit upholds premium subsidies for state and federal health exchanges

Published July 22, 2014 CST

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously upheld the federal government's right to issue premium subsidies for health insurance purchased in both state- and U.S.-operated public exchanges.

UnitedHealth revenue beats estimates as membership jumps

Published July 17, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported higher-than-expected revenue and raised its forecast, helped by the addition of 270,000 healthcare members and strong growth in its Optum pharmacy services division.