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Aetna close to buying Humana

Published June 25, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. is close to buying rival Humana Inc., and a deal could be signed as early as this weekend, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling

Published June 26, 2015 CST

The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage could prompt some employers to drop health care and retirement benefits for their employees' domestic partners, experts say.

Anthem takeover of Cigna poses operational, financial risks

Published June 24, 2015 CST

Investment analysts warned that health insurance giant Anthem Inc.'s proposed acquisition of rival Cigna Corp. could expose the combined company to significant operational and financial risks.

Enrollment in high-deductible plans continues to rise

Published June 24, 2015 CST

Enrollment in high-deductible health insurance plans, including consumer-driven health plans, continues to climb, the National Center for Health Statistics said in a report Tuesday.

Religious employers lose contraceptive coverage case

Published June 23, 2015 CST

Another federal appeals court has ruled that religious colleges and charities are not wholly exempt from the health care reform law's so-called “contraceptive mandate.”

Employers urged to turn their attention to health reform law compliance

Published June 26, 2015 CST

CHICAGO — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold premium subsidies for health insurance obtained through both federal and state exchanges, employers should turn their focus to the health reform law’s extensive reporting requirements, benefits experts agreed.

Supreme Court upholds key health reform insurance subsidies

Published June 25, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, handing a major victory to the president.

Anthem's attempted Cigna takeover leaves rating agencies skeptical

Published June 23, 2015 CST

Two major credit rating agencies have warned that a potential merger between health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. could expose the combined company to significant financial and integration risks.

UnitedHealth leaves insurance industry lobbying group AHIP

Published June 23, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — UnitedHealth Group Inc. is planning to leave the health insurer industry's biggest trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, saying it no longer represents the best interests of the company or its customers.

(subscription required)Health care premiums to jump in 2016

Published June 21, 2015 CST

Fueled by an influx of expensive prescription drugs, group health insurance premiums are expected to increase an average of 5% to 8% in 2016.

Economists predict shockwaves if health insurance subsidies are nixed

Published June 17, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether people in 34 states can continue to receive insurance subsidies, economists are projecting billions of dollars in lost health care spending if the justices say the payments are illegal.

Ruling upholding federal exchange subsidies brings employer certainty

Published June 25, 2015 CST

Employers welcomed Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding 2012 IRS rules that have enabled millions of uninsured people to obtain federal premium subsidies to buy health insurance in the federal exchange.

High court upholds same-sex marriage rights

Published June 26, 2015 CST

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declared that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same spousal rights and benefits as opposite-sex couples.

Business groups call for repeal of Cadillac tax

Published June 26, 2015 CST

Business groups are calling on congressional leaders to repeal a health care reform law provision that will impose a hefty federal excise tax on high cost health care plans.

Health care reform ruling a huge victory for Obama

Published June 25, 2015 CST

In a huge victory for the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld 2012 IRS rules authorizing federal premium subsidies for the millions of low-income uninsured individuals obtaining coverage in the federal health insurance exchange.

Broker acquires private equity benefits consultant

Published June 24, 2015 CST

Insurance broker Integro Ltd., New York, on Wednesday said it has acquired Atlanta-based national health benefits consultant Clearview Group Inc.