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Aon Hewitt adding voluntary benefit options to private health exchange

Published August 28, 2014 CST

Aon Hewitt on Thursday said it is planning to add voluntary benefit plans to the menu of coverages available through its private health insurance exchange, largely due to rising employer demand for a wider variety of exchange-based benefit options.

Retrofit bulks up corporate weight-loss effort with BSwift

Published August 26, 2014 CST

Chicago's Retrofit Inc., a tech-enabled weight-loss startup backed by J.B. Pritzker, Larry Levy and Jai Shekhawat, is teaming with BSwift, a Chicago-based health insurance services company.

Benefits administration vendors retool to help firms comply with reporting rules

Published August 17, 2014 CST

Providers of benefits administration outsourcing services are scrambling to help employers comply with upcoming tax reporting requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but few can transmit that information directly to the IRS.

Senior execs increasingly more hands-on in medical stop-loss decisions: Study

Published August 29, 2014 CST

As high-cost medical claims continue to rise among employers that self-insure their group health benefits, the number of senior executives, financial officers and risk managers involving themselves in their company’s decisions regarding stop-loss insurance is also increasing.

Employers expect modest health plan cost increases in 2015: Survey

Published August 20, 2014 CST

Employers are expecting only modest increases in 2015 in their group health care plan costs, but are looking at new approaches to continue to keep costs under control, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Cincinnati to cover employee gender reassignment surgery

Published August 28, 2014 CST

Cincinnati will offer coverage for medically necessary transgender procedures under its employee health care plans beginning in 2015, according to city officials.

Vermont residents spend less on health care, but clouds are looming

Published August 27, 2014 CST

With Vermont's ambitions for universal health care by 2017, reports say privately insured patients spent less time hospitalized and used more generic drugs than the average U.S. patient, in lieu of health reform.

National Financial Partners buys mid-market specialist Benefit Resources

Published August 22, 2014 CST

National Financial Partners Corp. said Friday that it has acquired Cincinnati-based Benefit Resources Inc., which specializes in group benefits, human resources and benefit compliance.

Obama administration floats new prescription contraceptive rules

Published August 22, 2014 CST

The Obama administration sought to end a long-running controversy by proposing new ways to enable employees of nonprofit religiously affiliated organizations for prescription contraceptives.

Many employers keep or expand benefits to domestic partners to retain talent

Published July 20, 2014 CST

As marriage equality gains momentum in courts and legislatures nationwide, it remains to be seen how the changes will affect employers' long-term benefit strategies for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

TPAs are stuck with the bill in health reform contraception coverage dispute

Published July 20, 2014 CST

Even before rulings in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Wheaton College court cases, third-party administrators were paying millions of dollars for contraceptive services on behalf of their religious organization clients that automatically qualified for an exception to this coverage mandate.