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CDC tightens safety rules at U.S. hospitals treating patients with Ebola

Published October 26, 2014 CST

The U.S. CDC tightened safety rules nationwide for all hospitals that treat patients with Ebola after two nurses contracted the disease when treating a Dallas hospital patient who died earlier this month from the virus.

Flexible spending account cap expected to rise in 2015

Published August 29, 2014 CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts is expected to rise in 2015 by $50 to $2,550, according to Buck Consultants at Xerox calculations.

Insurers fight to bar cyber coverage under commercial general liability policies

Published October 26, 2014 CST

Recent legal efforts by insurers to bar cyber coverage under commercial general liability policies signal a new coverage battle between insurers and policyholders as costly data breaches proliferate.

California leads U.S. states in workers compensation costs

Published October 26, 2014 CST

A biennial ranking showing that workers compensation rates have risen more in California, New York and New Jersey than other states could help drive workers comp reforms nationwide.

Potential spread of Ebola virus raises insurance coverage concerns

Published October 26, 2014 CST

The possible spread of the Ebola virus in the United States is raising coverage concerns under commercial insurance ranging from general liability to the business interruption protection of property policies.

Business Insurance announces 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance winners

Published August 28, 2014 CST

A record 75 insurance industry companies are being recognized in this year's Business Insurance Best Places to Work in Insurance program.

Captives may help with emerging Ebola, cyber risks

Published October 27, 2014 CST

Captives can be a useful tool to help insure and manage emerging threats in the health care industry, such as cyber risks and the Ebola virus, a panel of captive and health care industry experts said Monday.

Insurers prepare for own risk and solvency solvency assessments

Published October 26, 2014 CST

A robust enterprise risk management process can help insurers meet many states' requirements that they perform their own risk and solvency assessments next year, but the requirements also could cause some headaches.

Pennsylvania curbs physician presecription drug dispensing and repackaging

Published October 26, 2014 CST

Pennsylvania is the latest state taking action to limit physician dispensing and drug repackaging to control workers compensation costs and ensure better claimant outcomes.

Open enrollment dominated by frustration over health care reform compliance

Published October 26, 2014 CST

Fall open enrollment for the 2015 group health plan year is being dominated by employer frustration and uncertainty about implementing coverage and IRS reporting requirements under the health care reform law's employer coverage mandate.

Insurance broker Aon launches Ebola liability cover

Published October 28, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — U.S. insurance broker Aon has launched Ebola liability cover for hospitals and other health care institutions, the company said on Tuesday.

Honeywell latest firm to draw EEOC scrutiny over wellness program penalties

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Honeywell International Inc. on Wednesday called the EEOC's recent lawsuit against the company over plans to penalize workers who refuse to participate in its workplace wellness program “frivolous” and “out of step.”

While executives more aware of cyber risks, only half buy insurance

Published October 28, 2014 CST

A survey Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. and Advisen Ltd. released Tuesday finds the recognition of cyber risk rising among risk managers and corporate boards, but the purchase of cyber liability insurance is leveling off.

Dallas company to pay $499,000 for sexual harassment, retaliation firings

Published October 27, 2014 CST

A jury for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, has awarded three former employees of a Dallas-based physician services provider nearly $500,000 in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit by the EEOC.

Time of disruptive transformation sets stage for 2014 conference

Published October 26, 2014 CST

The theme of this year’s Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s annual conference — “Leading in an Age of Disruptive Transformation” — comes at a time when the insurance industry, the nation and the economy face a period of accelerating change.

Malpractice suits often tap electronic medical records

Published October 27, 2014 CST

Electronic medical records can save money and improve medical outcomes, but using them incorrectly can create significant liability problems for health care providers, medical malpractice defense attorneys said.

Public companies could face shareholder litigation over Ebola-related losses

Published October 26, 2014 CST

Public companies could face shareholder litigation over Ebola-related losses if the U.S. outbreak becomes a wider pandemic, insurance and legal sources warn.

MetLife to contest super-risky tag Monday

Published October 28, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — MetLife Inc. will plead against being branded a super-risky financial firm at a meeting next week with regulators, a company spokesman said, as the U.S. insurer tries to escape oversight by the Federal Reserve.

Low-cost health plans pass online minimum value coverage test

Published October 26, 2014 CST

What may be a flaw in the federal government's online calculator to determine if employer-provided health insurance coverage meets the health care reform law's “minimum value” test is allowing employers to offer low-cost basic plans without triggering a big reform law penalty.

Lower commercial insurance rates expected at renewals

Published October 26, 2014 CST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Commercial insurance buyers should anticipate lower rates and wider choice in coverage terms at upcoming renewals as insurance pricing softness accelerates in most lines.

Nigeria: Power, agriculture sector reforms likely to generate insurance opportunities

Published October 24, 2014 CST

Analysts have said that the continuing reforms in Nigeria's agriculture and power sector would provide opportunities for the country's insurance industry, BusinessDay reported.

Gatorade's workplace fitness program not your average wellness initiative

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Imagine setting a fitness goal — and then announcing it to your entire workplace. Or joining your office-mates in a daily round of planks or jumping jacks.

Women pay more than men for health care benefits: Mercer

Published October 24, 2014 CST

Women pay more for health benefits and receive less coverage, according to researchers at Mercer L.L.C.

Connecticut police win immunity from sex bias charges

Published October 06, 2014 CST

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court and ruled that four New Britain, Connecticut, police officers have qualified immunity from being charged with sex discrimination.

Commercial insurance rates stable in third quarter: CIAB

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Average rates for commercial property/casualty insurance barely moved in the third quarter of 2014, the quarterly pricing survey released by the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers finds.