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Family of four health insurance tops $25,000 a year in costs

Published May 24, 2016 CST

The cost of family coverage offered through employers' health plans is expected to rise only modestly this year, but that still will push the average cost past $25,000, Milliman Inc. said Tuesday.

EEOC issues final rules on voluntary workplace wellness programs

Published May 16, 2016 CST

The rules allow employers to offer limited incentives for employees and spouses who provide health information for wellness programs.

Support builds for doubling dependent care FSA annual max

Published May 10, 2016 CST

Legislation could increase the maximum annual contribution employees can make to dependent care flexible spending accounts.

Name brand drugs drive rising health care costs

Published May 10, 2016 CST

National health care costs grew 6.5% in 2015, driven by steep increases in the cost of brand-name drugs, S&P Global says.

Employers increasingly buy into workplace well-being

Published May 19, 2016 CST

Sixty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to build a workplace culture that promotes employee well-being by 2018, according to a Willis Towers Watson study.

PPOs still No. 1, but high-deductible health plans a close second

Published May 03, 2016 CST

More than one-third of employees at midsize companies opt for high-deductible health plans over traditional coverage options.

Insurers dive into ACA's exchanges as big names exit

Published May 17, 2016 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. are bailing on multiple exchanges that sell individual health insurance. But other companies are willingly, and quietly, taking their place.

Disputes at top put Anthem-Cigna merger in doubt

Published May 24, 2016 CST

Letters from executives show nerves are fraying in the $54 billion deal announced last July.

Labor Department rolls out new Family and Medical Leave Act guide

Published April 27, 2016 CST

The Department of Labor's wage-and-hour division has issued a new guide to the Family Medical Leave Act.

Treasury denies Central States' bid to cut pension benefits

Published May 06, 2016 CST

The denial is viewed as a major victory for hundreds of thousands of multiemployer pension plan participants.

Funding employee benefit risks through captive insurers a growing trend

Published May 05, 2016 CST

Multinational employee benefits were the fastest growing risk placed in captive insurers last year, a Marsh report says.

High deductibles may drive more patients to emergency rooms

Published May 10, 2016 CST

Rising health care plan deductibles may be driving more emergency room treatments, a survey says.

U.S. probes contracts between drugmakers, pharmacy benefit managers

Published May 11, 2016 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating contracts between drugmakers and companies that manage prescription benefits, according to regulatory filings.

Blue Cross insurer sues U.S. for funds owed under health care law

Published May 18, 2016 CST

Highmark and its subsidiaries say the federal government failed to pay funds for public health insurance exchange safety net programs.

Judge hands win to Republicans over health care law reimbursements

Published May 12, 2016 CST

The ruling is based on a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to reduce deductibles and co-pays.

Marsh & McLennan Agency adds wellness tools to benefits platform

Published May 05, 2016 CST

The company has added wellness promotion and engagement tools to its MarketLink Benefits Administration & Private Exchange.

Behind-the-scenes squabbles between Anthem, Cigna

Published May 23, 2016 CST

Squabbles have apparently flared up behind the scenes in the proposed $53 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp.

Few employers offer transgender benefits

Published May 05, 2016 CST

Twelve percent of organizations offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits, according to a survey of benefits professionals.

Humana may exit public health exchanges in some states

Published May 04, 2016 CST

The insurer is considering ending the sale of Affordable Care Act individual plans in some states in 2017 to stem losses there.

Health insurance cost increases slow, no thanks to prescription drugs

Published May 24, 2016 CST

“Milliman Medical Index” says the total cost of coverage rose 4.7% this year, the smallest increase since the consultant began keeping track in 2001.

Liberty Mutual employees score victory in pension fight

Published May 26, 2016 CST

An appeals court handed a victory to several Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. employees ruling they could pursue claims against the insurer.

House Republicans won their ACA lawsuit: Here's what happens next

Published May 13, 2016 CST

A federal judge's decision Thursday that the Obama administration unconstitutionally spent money to pay for part of the Affordable Care Act may not disrupt health plans or beneficiaries right away.

HR benefits tech firm offers Cigna coverage in private health exchange

Published May 10, 2016 CST

New York-based Namely has launched its private exchange platform featuring benefits from Cigna.

Missouri says Aetna-Humana merger is anticompetitive

Published May 25, 2016 CST

Missouri insurance officials have issued a preliminary order against the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., the first state to find a problem with the massive transaction between the giants.

Humana weighs limiting public exchange offerings; merger costs hit bottom line

Published May 04, 2016 CST

The insurer says it may exit certain public health insurance exchange markets for 2017 as it tries to turn a profit in the segment.