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Humana looks to sell urgent care subsidiary Concentra: Sources

Published October 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. is exploring a sale of its urgent care subsidiary Concentra in a deal that could value it at around $1 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

HHS form for health reform law reinsurance fee to be available Friday

Published October 21, 2014 CST

A long-awaited form employers will use to provide the HHS with information regulators will need to calculate the amount of a “reinsurance” fee mandated by the health care reform law will be available online starting Friday.

IRS announces maximum 401(k) plan contribution limits for 2015

Published October 23, 2014 CST

The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans in 2015 will rise to $18,000, up from the current $17,500 limit, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

Senators want rules on corporate pension de-risking

Published October 23, 2014 CST

The chairmen of two Senate committees are asking the heads of several federal agencies to develop guidance on one of the hottest defined benefit pension plan trends: employer moves to “de-risk” the plans.

Employers taking action to avoid ACA excise tax

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Forty percent of employers say they expect at least one of their health care plans to be affected by a health care reform law-authorized excise tax — unless they act — with many already taking steps to reduce the likelihood that they will be hit by the tax.

EEOC suits contend wellness programs violate disability law

Published October 12, 2014 CST

The EEOC recently filed lawsuits against two Wisconsin companies that underscore the need for more clarity on rules that govern employers' use of financial incentives to motivate employee participation in workplace wellness programs.

Lockheed Martin to forgo pension contributions in 2015 through 2017

Published October 22, 2014 CST

Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Tuesday it has contributed $1 billion in contributions to its defined benefit plans thus far in 2014 out of an expected $2 billion and does not expect to make further contributions for at least three more years.

McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts

Published October 21, 2014 CST

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made a habit of saying that repealing the ACA would not necessarily mean shutting down Kentucky's popular insurance exchange.

Medical evacuation services draw line at flying out Ebola patients

Published October 10, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Leading companies offering medical evacuation services are drawing a line at flying Ebola patients out of West Africa for treatment abroad as the cost and the complexities of the deadly epidemic grow.

Health premium cost trends steady for 2015, but drug costs expected to rise

Published October 03, 2014 CST

Employers will likely see a modest reduction in premium costs trend rates for most group health care benefit plans in 2015, but should also expect a sharp increase in prescription drug coverage costs.

Voluntary benefits could hold key to health care reform excise tax

Published September 23, 2014 CST

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland. — Some U.S. employers are beginning to use voluntary medical benefit plans to minimize the prospects of sharp health care cost increases in the coming years as a result of health care reform.