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(subscription required)Anthem suit over drug costs may start trend

Published March 27, 2016 CST

The Indianapolis-based insurer alleges the nation's largest PBM breached its contract by charging higher-than-competitive prices.

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.

(subscription required)IRS signals grad student health plans need overhaul

Published March 27, 2016 CST

The IRS has given colleges and universities more time to scrap long-established health insurance plans offered to student teaching assistants and devise new approaches, but the plans' end looks to be in sight.

Legislation would shield FSA, HSA contributions from ACA excise tax

Published March 28, 2016 CST

Group health plans would be much less likely to trigger the health care reform law's so-called Cadillac tax on costly premiums.

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.

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.

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.

Will public health insurance exchange enrollees' higher costs ease over time?

Published April 06, 2016 CST

The public health exchange population could continue to use more medical services than group health plan enrollees, sources say.

(subscription required)Public exchange profits remain challenging

Published April 10, 2016 CST

The public health insurance exchange population is expected to be characterized by members who are sicker and costlier than those covered by group health plans.

Appeals court favors woman's post-hysterectomy disability claim

Published April 07, 2016 CST

The estate of a woman who was denied disability benefits after a hysterectomy may be entitled to those benefits, a federal court ruled.

Will the Anthem-Express Scripts battle change the PBM landscape?

Published March 22, 2016 CST

Health insurer sues benefits managers over prescription drug prices.

Anthem sues Express Scripts over prescription pricing

Published March 21, 2016 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Anthem Inc. said it filed a lawsuit against pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. to recover damages for pharmacy pricing that was higher than competitive benchmark pricing.

Employers hope to dump ACA's excise tax, employer mandate

Published April 14, 2016 CST

Repealing the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax is at the top of an employer “wish list” for health care reform, Mercer L.L.C. says.

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.

Two New York health care providers to cooperate

Published March 28, 2016 CST

EmblemHealth and Northwell Health announced an agreement to move away from fee-for-service care.

People under 65 to get $660 billion in health insurance subsidies

Published March 25, 2016 CST

Most of the people receiving subsidies have health coverage through their employers, the Congressional Budget Office says.

Penalty for not offering employee health insurance expected to rise in 2017

Published March 23, 2016 CST

Mercer L.L.C. projects it will increase to $2,260 per full-time employee from $2,160.

International Paper makes lump-sum offer

Published April 01, 2016 CST

The Memphis, Tennessee-based employer is offering payouts to vested retirement plan participants, according to public filings.

Supreme Court looks to weigh compromise on contraceptives

Published March 29, 2016 CST

Supreme Court asks for ideas that could lead to a compromise in its pending decision on the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.

DOL slated to release fiduciary conflict-of-interest rule on April 6

Published April 01, 2016 CST

The Department of Labor’s final conflict-of-interest rule is scheduled to be released April 6. While Department of Labor officials declined to comment, some critics are weighing in.

Diabetes management guide released by employer health care group

Published March 22, 2016 CST

The Northeast Business Group on Health on Tuesday released a guide that aims to help employers evaluate the various digital tools available for preventing and managing diabetes among their employees.

Chicago pension reform ruled unconstitutional

Published March 24, 2016 CST

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a pension reform law is unconstitutional, upholding a Cook County Circuit Court decision.

Summary of benefit rules leaves one major area unaddressed: Cadillac tax

Published April 13, 2016 CST

Employers typically will have until Jan. 1, 2018, to comply with new health benefit coverage summary rules.

Obama praises health reform law's track record as future clouds

Published March 24, 2016 CST

President Barack Obama is lauding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the face of potential changes.

Millennials most likely to desire financial help from employers

Published April 04, 2016 CST

Three-quarters of millennial workers say companies have a responsibility for their employees' financial well-being, according to MetLife Inc.