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Helping employees repay college costs boosts Cigna results

Published April 25, 2016 CST

Cigna Corp. says helping employees pay their college tuition can significantly boost a company's bottom line.

Highmark's ACA plans lose $590 million

Published April 04, 2016 CST

Many of Highmark Health's ACA enrollees suffered from expensive chronic conditions and sought treatment more often than expected.

IRS sets 2017 HSA contribution limits

Published April 28, 2016 CST

The maximum contributions that can be made to health savings accounts in 2017 will increase $50 for individuals, but remain unchanged for families.

Ex-UnitedHealth team to lead startup health insurer

Published April 06, 2016 CST

Former UnitedHealthcare CEO Bob Sheehy is heading new health insurance startup Bright Health Inc.

Express Scripts CEO open to drug pricing talks with Anthem — within reason

Published April 26, 2016 CST

Still, the company's top executive said he is “confident” in Express Scripts' $15 billion lawsuit against insurer Anthem.

Specialty medications factor in 8.5% jump in prescription drug spending

Published April 14, 2016 CST

Escalating costs for specialty medications helped drive total spending on prescription drugs to $310 billion last year.

Makers took big price increases on widely used U.S. drugs

Published April 04, 2016 CST

(Reuters) — Major drug companies took hefty price increases in the U.S., in some cases more than doubling listed charges.

Wellness programs evolving to mental and financial health

Published April 01, 2016 CST

Employers are expanding wellness programs to address issues that affect productivity, such as stress and financial health.

Group health care plan costs expected to rise modestly

Published April 05, 2016 CST

Employers are planning to take several actions to keep down future group health plan increases, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Ruling on cost-sharing subsidies could rattle insurers in midst of rate-setting

Published April 25, 2016 CST

Another bombshell could soon drop on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange market at a highly vulnerable moment for the health care reform law.

UPS claims proposed Central States benefit reductions illegal

Published April 29, 2016 CST

United Parcel Service Inc., Atlanta, argued in an earnings presentation Thursday that the benefit reduction application by the Teamsters Central States, Southeast & Southwest Areas Pension Fund, Rosemont, Illinois, is not legal.

Private equity firm in the lead to buy Verisk Analytics' health care unit: Sources

Published April 08, 2016 CST

Carlyle Group L.P. has so far prevailed in an auction for Verisk Health, which has also attracted interest from other buyout firms, sources say.

Humana employees who take wellness program seriously get results

Published March 29, 2016 CST

Participants had fewer work absences, lower health claims costs and fewer hospital and emergency room visits, the health insurer said.

Anthem's feud with Express Scripts gets uglier

Published April 21, 2016 CST

Express Scripts Holding Co. has turned the tables on Anthem, blasting the health insurer in a new lawsuit related to their drug pricing agreement.

Coalition seeks prescription to cure rising drug prices

Published April 25, 2016 CST

A coalition of health care providers, employers, health insurers and consumer groups has proposed policy changes to tackle prescription drug costs.

Will UnitedHealth's exit lead exodus from public exchanges?

Published April 20, 2016 CST

Little effect on premiums or coverage availability seen as analysts don't expect other insurers to follow suit.

HHS boosts out-of-pocket health plan limit for 2017

Published March 01, 2016 CST

Employees could be required to pay between $300 to $600 more than they currently do.

'Turnaround was job one. Now we are moving forward'

Published April 12, 2016 CST

Last fall, Karen Ignagni took over as CEO of EmblemHealth — a financially troubled New York insurer with 3.2 million covered lives.

Anthem looks to Cigna acquisition, exchange business, drug pricing litigation

Published April 27, 2016 CST

Anthem Inc. said its net income plummeted 18.7% in the first quarter, as investment losses squeezed its bottom line despite gains in membership.

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.

Express Scripts plans fiercer fight against sudden drug price hikes

Published April 29, 2016 CST

The pharmacy benefit manager plans to introduce several benefit programs aimed at fighting high drug costs, its chief medical officer said.

Fixes for multiemployer pension plan woes rest on congressional action

Published April 06, 2016 CST

Lawmakers are fine-tuning legislation to authorize a new multiemployer pension plan design based on recommendations from a national group.

UnitedHealth leaving all but a 'handful' of public health insurance exchanges

Published April 19, 2016 CST

UnitedHealth Group expects to lose $650 million on its health insurance exchange business in 2016, up from an estimated $525 million.

Health insurer execs reap massive rewards in deal-heavy 2015

Published April 26, 2016 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO Stephen Hemsley earned $14.5 million in 2015, according to a filing Friday, but he wasn't the top-earning health insurance executive.

Employers can take steps to improve employee cancer treatment

Published April 28, 2016 CST

The New York-based Northeast Business Group on Health this week released a report that aims to help employers navigate the costly realm of employee cancer care, while also ensuring employees with a cancer diagnosis receive quality care.