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Express Scripts releases list of costly drugs it won't cover for 2017

Published August 02, 2016 CST

The list includes 85 drugs, including treatments for arthritis and psoriasis.

Aetna scraps exchange expansion, sells Medicare Advantage assets

Published August 02, 2016 CST

The insurer suffered large losses in health plans sold through public health insurance exchanges.

Benefits dashboard

Published August 04, 2016 CST

Our guide helps you keep track of the latest developments in employee benefits.

Claims data nudges firms to fund benefits through captives

Published August 03, 2016 CST

Employers say improving claims data was the key driver that led them to fund employee benefit risks through their captive insurers, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Blue Cross offering international health insurance products

Published July 29, 2016 CST

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched international private medical insurance products.

Private insurers see 3,200% increase in claims related to opioid dependence

Published August 03, 2016 CST

Adults between ages 19 and 35 accounted for 69% of claim lines for opioid dependence in the past decade, a report shows.

San Francisco hikes employer health care fee for 2017

Published August 03, 2016 CST

Employers with workers in San Francisco will have to pay more next year to comply with the city's health care spending law.

Cigna plans to sell through more health exchanges in 2017

Published July 27, 2016 CST

Some insurers are cutting back on public health insurance exchanges, but Cigna hopes to rev up its exchange participation.

UnitedHealth Group cuts 115 jobs in Optum unit

Published August 05, 2016 CST

UnitedHealth Group is laying off 115 employees in Ohio within its Optum business, which provides health information and technology services.

Cigna remains 'fully committed' to Anthem merger as profit drops

Published July 29, 2016 CST

Net income fell 13.9% on weakness in its group life and disability business, as well as costs associated with its planned Anthem deal.

PBGC multiemployer pension program could be broke by 2025

Published August 04, 2016 CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.’s insurance program that partially guarantees benefits promised to multiemployer pension plan participants is projected to become insolvent by 2025, according to the latest government estimates.

Judge sticks with Aetna-Humana merger case, reassigns Anthem-Cigna

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Judge John D. Bates says he'll keep Aetna and Humana's case because it “must proceed" before a merger deadline of Dec. 31.

Cancer tops stop-loss claims, transplant costs jump

Published July 20, 2016 CST

The 10 costliest conditions represented 53% of the total claims reimbursed, according to Sun Life Financial report.

Fixing the insurance exchanges

Published August 08, 2016 CST

Many health insurers who ventured into the insurance marketplaces are sending a clear message: We're taking our ball and going home.

Express Scripts reports 20% profit growth in second quarter

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Express Scripts Holding Co. reported a 20.1% increase in net income for the second quarter of 2016 to $720.7 million, with its CEO saying the firm is “positioned for growth.”

Merger hopes for Aetna-Humana remain, Anthem-Cigna not so much

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Barclays' analysts see a strong case for Aetna and Humana particularly after divestitures.

Medicare shares private-sector problem: soaring prescription drug costs

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary finds a double-digit increase in catastrophic coverage of prescription expenses.

Merger-challenged health insurers rethinking public exchanges

Published August 02, 2016 CST

Observers question whether blocking health insurer megamergers could reduce public health insurance exchange competition.

UnitedHealthcare buys Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Published July 27, 2016 CST

UnitedHealthcare has 1.2 million members in Colorado, while Rocky Mountain covers nearly 300,000 in the state.

Judge for U.S. lawsuits to stop health insurer mergers may drop one case

Published August 04, 2016 CST

The judge considering the Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers says it would be difficult to decide both cases by the end of the year.

Aetna asks for trial this fall to save proposed merger with Humana

Published August 03, 2016 CST

The health insurer joins Anthem in asking a judge to decide on pending health insurer mergers by the end of the year.

Public exchange claims limit profit, but Anthem vows to fight for Cigna merger

Published July 27, 2016 CST

The health insurer says it will continue to fight federal antitrust regulators to bring the planned Cigna deal to a close.

(subscription required)Health insurer mergers in jeopardy after suit cites competitive concerns

Published July 31, 2016 CST

The Justice Department's strong objections to merging Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana have left significant doubt about either deal being completed.

Insurer adds pet-loss to paid leave policy

Published July 28, 2016 CST

A Tokyo-based company has raised the bar for pet-friendly employee perks.

More employers eye annuities for defined contribution plans

Published July 28, 2016 CST

While only a small percentage of employers with defined contribution plans give participants the option to convert their lump-sum benefit into an annuity, that percentage is expected to rise, according to a new survey.