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House committee approves boost in HSA contributions

Published June 16, 2016 CST

Employees could make bigger contributions to their HSAs, while colleges and universities that don't extend health coverage to student employees would not be exposed to huge penalties, under a pair of bills.

(subscription required)Benefit brokers moving from sales to service

Published June 19, 2016 CST

One-time transactional insurance middlemen become one-stop-shops for benefits and human resources.

House passes bill restoring use of FSAs for OTC drugs

Published July 07, 2016 CST

Employees could be able to tap their flexible spending and health savings accounts to pay for over-the-counter medications.

Aetna, Humana extend merger deadline

Published June 24, 2016 CST

The extension may be a sign that the health insurers underestimated the hurdles they would have to jump to close the deal.

Scandal-hit Zenefits slashes own valuation as it cuts deal with investors

Published July 01, 2016 CST

The once-hot startup firm is seeking to avoid litigation and mend damage in the wake of revelations of cheating.

Small, midsize employers rethinking wellness offerings

Published June 21, 2016 CST

On-site flu vaccines and nurse hotlines giving way to standing desks and other initiatives.

Court rules UnitedHealthcare can be sued for millions in unpaid bills

Published June 30, 2016 CST

An out-of-network Texas hospital system can sue UnitedHealthcare Inc. for $104 million in unpaid hospital bills.

Catholic Health Initiatives to divest health plan operations

Published June 30, 2016 CST

The hospital system's experiment with health insurance has hit the end of the road after a couple years of heavy losses.

Hold middlemen's feet to the fire to cauterize specialty drug spending

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Experts urge employers to be creative in managing specialty drug costs, which rose 17.8% in 2015.

Humana shares drop on report of DOJ meeting on Aetna deal

Published July 07, 2016 CST

Antitrust regulators reportedly were due to discuss "significant concerns" over Humana's proposed buyout by rival Aetna.

Big players dropping HSA business despite growth potential

Published June 13, 2016 CST

Financial institutions believe the prospects and potential profits for HSAs aren't big enough.

Lawmakers push to streamline chronic disease management

Published July 07, 2016 CST

A bill would increase access to chronic disease treatment by expanding what can be covered under high-deductible health plans.

State health care exchange to fold after 3-year run

Published July 13, 2016 CST

Land of Lincoln Health, an Obamacare insurer that launched to bring competition to the online exchange, is liquidating amid big financial losses.

Wellness classes rage against the machine

Published June 20, 2016 CST

In "rage workshops," women can pummel pillows with baseball bats and scream real loud.

Senate Democrats ask DOJ to block health insurer mergers

Published June 22, 2016 CST

Seven senators argued that the pending Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers would threaten jobs and raise premiums.

House to consider bill restoring use of FSAs for OTC drugs

Published July 06, 2016 CST

Employees could soon be able to tap their flexible spending and health savings accounts to pay for over-the-counter medications.

Telemedicine firms raise $61 million in latest financing rounds

Published July 14, 2016 CST

Telehealth companies Teladoc Inc. and Avizia Inc. have secured new financing to support innovation and growth in a booming telemedicine industry.

California agency backs Aetna-Humana merger

Published June 20, 2016 CST

Department of Managed Health Care gives green light to planned $37 billion deal.

Health insurer joins stampede to narrow networks

Published June 27, 2016 CST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million.

Insurers raking in multimillion-dollar health care law reimbursements

Published July 01, 2016 CST

Some insurers are receiving a massive payday from a government reinsurance program meant to help stabilize premiums.

House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

Published June 17, 2016 CST

Republicans to issue a plan to replace ACA in preparation to make their move after the presidential election.

California insurance commissioner wants Cigna-Anthem blocked

Published June 16, 2016 CST

State concerned premiums will rise if the deal goes through.

Captive insurers' data, greater control help rein in benefits costs

Published June 15, 2016 CST

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

GOP plan would eliminate ACA employer mandate, revamp Cadillac tax

Published June 22, 2016 CST

New package lays groundwork for legislative action on President Barack Obama's signature program.

Hub acquires employee benefits brokerage

Published July 05, 2016 CST

The broker said it has acquired the assets of Tenth Dot Benefit Solutions, which does business as Gateway Financial.