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Health reform law's fate hinges on interpretation of a few words

Published March 02, 2015 CST

After months of nervous speculation, it's finally the U.S. Supreme Court's turn this week to consider the legal case that could solidify or savage President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law.

Replacing health reform law a conundrum for conservatives

Published February 27, 2015 CST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act inspired the usual red-meat rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington on Thursday.

Actuaries urge leeway to change health plan rates if subsidies killed

Published February 26, 2015 CST

Health insurance actuaries are pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow plans to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in federally run exchanges.

'Cadillac' tax could diminish union health plans

Published March 03, 2015 CST

Health plans obtained through union collective bargaining agreements often include much more generous benefits than other employer-sponsored plans. But such benefits are likely to be pared down as the Affordable Care Act's excise tax nears.

Business Insurance opens nominations for Benefit Manager of the YearŽ

Published February 10, 2015 CST

Know an outstanding benefit manager? Nominate him or her for Benefit Manager of the YearŽ.

(subscription required)IRS rules on health reform excise tax may lead to rethink of group plan design

Published March 01, 2015 CST

Many employers are likely to redesign the fastest growing group health plan design — high-deductible plans linked to health savings accounts — in the wake of forthcoming Internal Revenue Service regulations.

New Jersey recommends freezing state pension fund

Published February 25, 2015 CST

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission recommended freezing the $76.8 billion New Jersey Pension Fund, Trenton, and creating a new cash balance plan for current and future participants.

Fitness enthusiasts help drive wellness program

Published February 25, 2015 CST

CHICAGO — Zurich North America employees who are interested in fitness have served as “wellness champions” in the company's wellness program, helping to engage other Zurich employees and boost participation in the company's health initiatives, says Sarah Staggs, head of benefits for Zurich.

U.S. health official says no fix if ACA subsidies thrown out

Published February 25, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — The Obama administration has no way to repair the damage that would result from a Supreme Court decision against Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans, a top health adviser said on Tuesday.

Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for ACA court case

Published March 03, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no “plausible legal basis” for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan.

Workplace mental health stigma persists

Published February 25, 2015 CST

A growing number of employers have observed a persistent if not worsening workplace stigma associated with mental and behavioral health issues, according to a recent study by the Disability Management Employer Coalition.

Chief justice could again swing health reform case in government's favor

Published February 24, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama's signature health care reform, and as the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter it, a review of Justice Roberts' recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.

Heavy exchange enrollments raise stakes for Supreme Court

Published February 20, 2015 CST

The latest government statistics reveal the hefty new growth in the federal health insurance exchange, upping the stakes of an upcoming Supreme Court decision on the legality of premium subsidies to those obtaining coverage through the exchange.

Humana, Weight Watchers team to curtail obesity

Published February 24, 2015 CST

Humana Inc. on Tuesday said it has partnered with Weight Watchers International Inc. to target employee obesity by providing weight management services to employers insured through Humana’s health care plans.

Incentive-based wellness programs gain popularity

Published February 19, 2015 CST

More employers are adding health-contingent financial incentives to their workplace wellness programs in order to improve employees' health and reduce medical costs, according to new survey data released this week.

More large employers turning to pension de-risking

Published February 24, 2015 CST

Once a rarity, employer efforts to “de-risk” their pension plans are moving into a mainstream corporate benefits approach.

Axa employee benefits unit to target smaller businesses

Published February 24, 2015 CST

Axa S.A. will launch a U.S.-based employee benefits business later this year to serve small and midsize companies, the French insurer said.

Coca-Cola finds captive insurer most efficient way to fund benefits

Published February 04, 2015 CST

BOCA RATON, Fla. — For The Coca-Cola Co., the advantage of funding employee benefit risks through its South Carolina-based captive insurer is very straightforward.

(subscription required)New same-sex marriage rules simplify FMLA benefits for employers

Published March 01, 2015 CST

New regulations mandating federal emergency leave for all married same-sex couples may require employers to revise their policies and provide additional training, but it also should provide some administrative relief for benefit managers and human resources professionals.

Kimberly-Clark buys annuities to cover pension risks

Published February 23, 2015 CST

Kimberly-Clark Corp. is buying two group annuity contracts to provide pension benefits to about 21,000 retirees, the Dallas-based paper goods manufacturer announced Monday.

Legally married same-sex couples receive family leave in all states

Published February 24, 2015 CST

Employees in same-sex marriages — regardless of where they live — will have the same rights to benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act as other employees under a new U.S. Labor Department rule.

(subscription required)IRS lays out thinking related to areas of health reform law's excise tax

Published March 01, 2015 CST

In its notice about upcoming rules to implement the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans in 2018, the IRS laid out its thinking related to several areas of the health care reform law's excise tax.

Pension plan funding levels slip in January

Published February 04, 2015 CST

Falling interest rates and weakening equity market returns caused pension plan funding levels among large employers to fall sharply in January, according to a report released Wednesday by Mercer L.L.C.

Employers working hard on healthcare reform, employee benefits

Published January 19, 2015 CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the health care coverage employers are offering to employees and retirees.

Employers strive to control health costs in anticipation of 2018 excise tax

Published January 18, 2015 CST

Most large and midsize employers that offer health insurance to their employees are maintaining it this year, but they're still looking to limit their costs.