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(subscription required)Insurers' counteroffensive touts lower costs, sufficient choice

Published July 31, 2016 CST

Immediately following the U.S. Justice Department's July decision to fight the billion-dollar mergers of Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., as well as Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., the insurers launched a counterattack.

Judge sticks with Aetna-Humana merger case, reassigns Anthem-Cigna

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Judge John D. Bates says he'll keep Aetna and Humana's case because it “must proceed" before a merger deadline of Dec. 31.

(subscription required)Political parties differ widely on health care

Published July 31, 2016 CST

According to their election platforms, the Democrats and Republicans agree that they would like to change the system established by the Affordable Care Act, but neither party looks to have enough clout to make their changes no matter who wins the presidency.

More employers eye annuities for defined contribution plans

Published July 28, 2016 CST

While only a small percentage of employers with defined contribution plans give participants the option to convert their lump-sum benefit into an annuity, that percentage is expected to rise, according to a new survey.

(subscription required)Health insurer mergers in jeopardy after suit cites competitive concerns

Published July 31, 2016 CST

The Justice Department's strong objections to merging Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana have left significant doubt about either deal being completed.

Merger hopes for Aetna-Humana remain, Anthem-Cigna not so much

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Barclays' analysts see a strong case for Aetna and Humana particularly after divestitures.

Express Scripts releases list of costly drugs it won't cover for 2017

Published August 02, 2016 CST

The list includes 85 drugs, including treatments for arthritis and psoriasis.

Aetna scraps exchange expansion, sells Medicare Advantage assets

Published August 02, 2016 CST

The insurer suffered large losses in health plans sold through public health insurance exchanges.

UnitedHealth Group cuts 115 jobs in Optum unit

Published August 05, 2016 CST

UnitedHealth Group is laying off 115 employees in Ohio within its Optum business, which provides health information and technology services.

Cigna remains 'fully committed' to Anthem merger as profit drops

Published July 29, 2016 CST

Net income fell 13.9% on weakness in its group life and disability business, as well as costs associated with its planned Anthem deal.

Fixing the insurance exchanges

Published August 08, 2016 CST

Many health insurers who ventured into the insurance marketplaces are sending a clear message: We're taking our ball and going home.

Merger-challenged health insurers rethinking public exchanges

Published August 02, 2016 CST

Observers question whether blocking health insurer megamergers could reduce public health insurance exchange competition.

Health systems ask Supreme Court to rule on pension plans

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Two health systems want the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether their pension plans should be exempt from certain federal protections for workers.

Judge for U.S. lawsuits to stop health insurer mergers may drop one case

Published August 04, 2016 CST

The judge considering the Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers says it would be difficult to decide both cases by the end of the year.

Could Trump loss spur ACA deal with Clinton?

Published August 08, 2016 CST

With Donald Trump's presidential campaign faltering, Republican health policy experts are gaming out Plan B for working with Hillary Clinton to achieve conservative health care goals.

Benefits dashboard

Published August 04, 2016 CST

Our guide helps you keep track of the latest developments in employee benefits.

Blue Cross offering international health insurance products

Published July 29, 2016 CST

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched international private medical insurance products.

Public exchange claims limit profit, but Anthem vows to fight for Cigna merger

Published July 27, 2016 CST

The health insurer says it will continue to fight federal antitrust regulators to bring the planned Cigna deal to a close.

Cigna plans to sell through more health exchanges in 2017

Published July 27, 2016 CST

Some insurers are cutting back on public health insurance exchanges, but Cigna hopes to rev up its exchange participation.

Benefits Dashboard overview

Published August 04, 2016 CST

Our guide helps you keep track of the latest developments in employee benefits.

Private insurers see 3,200% increase in claims related to opioid dependence

Published August 03, 2016 CST

Adults between ages 19 and 35 accounted for 69% of claim lines for opioid dependence in the past decade, a report shows.

Medicare shares private-sector problem: soaring prescription drug costs

Published July 26, 2016 CST

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary finds a double-digit increase in catastrophic coverage of prescription expenses.

UnitedHealthcare buys Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Published July 27, 2016 CST

UnitedHealthcare has 1.2 million members in Colorado, while Rocky Mountain covers nearly 300,000 in the state.

Benefits administrators merge to serve broader market

Published August 04, 2016 CST

Middle-market benefits administration platform Benefit Express Services L.L.C. said Thursday that it has acquired online benefits enrollment administrator BenefitsConnect.

Gallagher picks up benefits consultant and broker

Published August 01, 2016 CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said Monday that it has acquired employee benefits consultant and broker Orb Financial Services Ltd. in Surrey, England.