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PPO health plans disappearing from public health exchanges

Published November 04, 2015 CST

Two-thirds of the 131 insurers that offered silver-level PPO health plans through the public exchanges in 2015 dropped or reduced the number of plans offered for the 2016 plan year.

President open to discussing changes to 40% 'Cadillac' tax

Published November 10, 2015 CST

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama is willing to consider suggested changes to the health care reform law's unpopular excise tax on costly health plans.

New human resources/benefits software poised to take on Zenefits

Published November 11, 2015 CST

Digital Insurance is hoping to shake up the benefits landscape by combining one-stop human resources software with its employee benefits advisory services.

Former Munich Re execs to market medical stop-loss to self-insured employers

Published November 03, 2015 CST

Two former Munich Reinsurance execs have founded Reinsurance Direct Inc., a managing general underwriter that bypasses the broker to sell directly to employers.

UnitedHealth could gain from rivals' mergers

Published October 29, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group's position at the top of the industry is unlikely to be imperiled by consolidation among four of the five largest health insurers in the United States.

Employers look beyond cost savings for wellness success

Published October 20, 2015 CST

Willis North America's 2015 Health and Productivity Survey shows continuing shift to value-of-investment measurements: health risk reduction, worksite productivity, morale, absenteeism and workplace safety.

Congress repeals health reform law's automatic enrollment mandate

Published October 30, 2015 CST

Employers no longer have to face a health care reform law requirement that they automatically enroll workers who don't select coverage.

U.S. drug benefit managers clamp down on specialty pharmacies

Published November 16, 2015 CST

Specialty pharmacies that work closely with drugmakers are under scrutiny and U.S. managers of private prescription drug benefits are cutting ties right and left.

Maximum FSA contribution to remain at $2,550 for 2016

Published October 21, 2015 CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts next year will remain unchanged from this year.

Conservative objections complicate Cadillac tax repeal

Published October 28, 2015 CST

The likelihood of Congress passing legislation to repeal the health care reform law's unpopular 40% “Cadillac” tax is deteriorating amid an unlikely loss of support: conservative Republicans.

Boeing to pay $57 million to settle 401(k) lawsuit

Published November 05, 2015 CST

Boeing Co. has agreed to pay $57 million to settle a lawsuit over its mismanagement of employees' 401(k) retirement plans.

Benefit managers focus on Cadillac tax issues for 2016 enrollment season

Published October 21, 2015 CST

As the 2016 open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are taking every step possible to avoid triggering the health care reform law's dreaded 40% excise tax.

County joins public employers ditching domestic partner benefits

Published October 22, 2015 CST

A growing number of public sector employers are phasing out health care coverage and other benefits for domestic partners.

More patients putting off care due to high out-of-pocket costs

Published October 26, 2015 CST

A substantial number of emergency room patients end up there because the high cost of medical care deterred them from seeing a doctor in a timely fashion.

PBM recognizes billing irregularities at pharmacy

Published November 04, 2015 CST

It its efforts to get reimbursed for Valeant drug sales, pharmacy Philidor Rx Services resorted to some shady billing practices — but pharmacy benefits manager OptumRx smelled a rat early on.

How far will Obama go on rolling back Cadillac tax?

Published November 11, 2015 CST

For the first time, the Obama administration is willing to consider changes to the health care reform law's unpopular 40% excise tax, however, business groups want it repealed, not tweaked.

Obama threatens to veto bill to repeal key health reform provisions

Published October 22, 2015 CST

President Barack Obama has the power to veto legislation passed by Congress and has made it clear he isn't afraid to wield it.

Despite complexity, consumers zip through health plan decisions

Published October 19, 2015 CST

Consumers spend little time choosing health plans even though they are confused about their own health care spending and plan options, a new study found.

Is Walgreens circling the PBM market?

Published November 02, 2015 CST

When those in the know heard about Walgreens Boots Alliance's plan to acquire rival Rite Aid, many thought of three letters. And it wasn't CVS.

Most employees satisfied with benefits but worry about long-term costs

Published November 05, 2015 CST

Two-thirds of U.S. employees say they're satisfied with their employer-sponsored health benefits, but nearly as many are worried about the affordability of those benefits.

Group health plan cost hikes were modest in 2015, but increases predicted

Published November 11, 2015 CST

Group health care plan costs increased on average by just 3.2% this year, however, bigger, though still modest, increases likely lay ahead.

On-site health services can reduce employee absence, comp costs

Published October 16, 2015 CST

Still, the clinics do little to reduce employers' health insurance expenses.

(subscription required)More hospitals compete with insurers

Published October 25, 2015 CST

As large health insurers make moves to merge and consolidate, an increasing number of health care providers are stepping into the health insurance ring.

(subscription required)Looming 'Cadillac tax' complicates open enrollment

Published October 25, 2015 CST

As open enrollment approaches, the health care reform law's proposed 40% excise tax on expensive insurance plans is at the forefront of benefits managers' minds.

Near-site health centers serve multiple employers

Published October 26, 2015 CST

Towers Watson & Co. has partnered with Aliso Viejo, California-based health care provider Crossover Health Medical Group Inc. to build several near-site health and wellness centers, the companies announced on Monday.