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(subscription required)Health care reform still setting agenda for employee benefits

Published December 20, 2015 CST

When it came to benefits management issues in 2015, controversial health care reform law developments dominated once again.

(subscription required)Cadillac tax delay gives employers relief

Published December 20, 2015 CST

The $1.1 trillion budget deal recently approved by Congress offers a ray of hope to those opposed to the health care reform law's unpopular excise tax.

Maximum FSA contribution to remain at $2,550 for 2016

Published October 21, 2015 CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts next year will remain unchanged from this year.

Congress passes omnibus bill containing Cadillac tax delay

Published December 18, 2015 CST

Good news for those opposed to the health care reform law's hefty 'Cadillac' tax: A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes a provision to delay the controversial excise tax, has been approved by both houses of Congress.

IRS extends health insurance reporting deadlines

Published December 28, 2015 CST

The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that it is giving employers additional time to file health care reform law mandated coverage reports.

(subscription required)Health insurer megamergers not all wrapped up

Published January 03, 2016 CST

The proposed merger of Aetna and Humana, as well as that of Anthem and Cigna, may have been given the green light from shareholders, but the deals are far from a sure thing.

Illinois' unfunded pension liabilities increase 6.1% to $111 billion

Published December 11, 2015 CST

Inadequate state contributions and strengthened mortality assumptions are to blame for the funding decline in Illinois' five state retirement plans.

Two-year 'Cadillac' tax delay may signal repeal later

Published December 16, 2015 CST

Business groups and employers that have called for the repeal of the health care reform law's controversial 'Cadillac' tax may be on the verge of scoring a major victory.

Employers scramble to keep lid on climbing specialty drug costs

Published December 15, 2015 CST

The hefty price tags on specialty drugs have forced employers to take aggressive steps to tackle the rising costs of these controversial medications.

Walgreens' Rite Aid acquisition attracts antitrust scrutiny

Published December 14, 2015 CST

The Federal Trade Commission is taking a hard look at Walgreens' proposed $17.2 billion acquisition of rival drugstore chain Rite Aid.

America's Health Insurance Plans takes second big blow with Aetna leaving

Published January 05, 2016 CST

Another top-five health insurer is ditching the financially beleaguered industry lobbying group.

Regulatory approval of high-stakes health insurer mergers unclear

Published December 09, 2015 CST

The outcome of regulatory scrutiny of the proposed mergers of four of the largest U.S. health insurers is anyone's guess.

Express Scripts, Anthem pricing talks could benefit both

Published December 23, 2015 CST

The time may be ripe for both companies to get their best deal.

Health insurance exchange signups surging

Published January 06, 2016 CST

Sharply rising penalties are proving to be an effective motivator.

HealthCare.gov signs up 6 million for Jan. 1 insurance

Published December 18, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — About 6 million people have signed up for health insurance on the website HealthCare.gov, including 2.4 million new customers, for coverage effective Jan. 1, the U.S. government said on Friday.

(subscription required)Contraceptives versus religious objections

Published December 20, 2015 CST

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the latest health care reform law controversy: coverage of prescription contraceptives by religious nonprofits.

Penalties increasing for employers not offering health coverage

Published December 18, 2015 CST

The fine is going up for employers who don't offer health care coverage. Those who fail to do so in 2016 will pay an even higher penalty than they did last year.

Greece's Eurobank sells insurance unit to Fairfax

Published December 22, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Greece's third-largest lender, Eurobank, agreed to sell an 80% stake in its Eurolife ERB insurance subsidiary to Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for €316 million ($345 million) on Tuesday, deepening ties between the two firms.

Maine employers disbanding health care captive

Published December 10, 2015 CST

The Maine Wellness Association Captive, MaineSense, the first of its kind, and reportedly the only existing captive formed to provide health care coverage for employer groups, will be closing up shop at the end of the year.

Health insurers struggle on federal exchange, but new data could limit losses

Published January 06, 2016 CST

Most insurers have been underwhelmed by the performance of their plans on the federal health exchange, but it may be too soon to throw in the towel.

Hospitals launch specialty pharmacies to curb drug costs

Published December 15, 2015 CST

Large health systems are jumping into the specialty pharmacy business in an effort to exert some control over the soaring cost of specialty drugs.

Health care exchange deadline extended through Dec. 17

Published December 16, 2015 CST

Amid “unprecedented demand” to enroll in health coverage for Jan. 1, the Obama administration has given customers an extra 48 hours to sign up through the federal health exchange.

UnitedHealth agent commission move may further exchange exit

Published December 08, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc., which already is weighing an exit from underperforming business in the public health insurance exchanges, reportedly has told insurance agents it will stop paying commissions for such business starting next year.

Express Scripts in talks over new Anthem contract, forecasts growth

Published December 22, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. said it was negotiating the repricing of its contract with Anthem Inc., one of its biggest customers, but it was too soon to know the financial terms of the deal.

(subscription required)Vote puts 'Cadillac tax' on the bubble

Published December 06, 2015 CST

The U.S. Senate's approval last week of budget legislation may set the stage for repeal of the health care reform law's fiercely opposed “Cadillac tax.”