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Mental illness disability claims require specialized input

Published January 23, 2015 CST

PHILADELPHIA — More often than not, effective management of disability insurance claims related to mental illness requires a specialized understanding of the comorbid relationships they share with physical medical conditions.

Many wellness programs improve worker health, lower costs

Published January 28, 2015 CST

More employers believe their workplace wellness programs have had a positive effect on their employees' health and reduced health care costs, but fewer are calculating their programs' total return on investment, according to new survey data.

Public exchange enrollment tops 9.5 million

Published January 27, 2015 CST

More than 9.5 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal and state exchanges during the first nine weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday.

State challenges health care reform law's reinsurance fee

Published January 26, 2015 CST

The state of Ohio and several Ohio public entities, including universities, filed suit Monday in federal court challenging as unconstitutional a health care reform law-authorized program that requires employers to pay billions of dollars to the federal government.

Timken to buy Prudential annuity for pension benefits

Published January 23, 2015 CST

North Canton, Ohio-based bearings and power transmissions manufacturer The Timken Co. said it is buying a group annuity to provide pension benefits to about 5,000 retirees and their beneficiaries.

U.S. Supreme Court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

Published January 26, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward health care costs.

Court says misleading manual provides FMLA coverage

Published January 26, 2015 CST

A Michigan county road commission employee was entitled to coverage under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, even though the commission was not obligated to provide the coverage, because of a misleading statement in its employee manual, says an appellate court.

Health care reform cuts nation's uninsured by nearly 20 million

Published January 27, 2015 CST

The 2010 health care reform law will make a huge dent in the number of Americans without health insurance, according to the latest estimates from congressional researchers.

Health reform law clear on allowing subsidies, Obama administration says

Published January 28, 2015 CST

The nation's health care reform law is clear in allowing Americans in all states to get insurance premium tax credits as Congress intended, the Obama administration argues in its main brief filed with the Supreme Court in the widely watched King v. Burwell case.

More employers use workplace wellness programs to reward healthy behavior

Published January 18, 2015 CST

As employers pursue effective workplace wellness programs, their embrace of results-based financial incentives and other emerging health management strategies is likely to broaden this year.

Federal health exchange enrollment reaches 7.3 million

Published January 28, 2015 CST

Nearly 7.3 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first 10 weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

401(k) balances hit record high

Published January 29, 2015 CST

Fueled by a strong equities market, employees' 401(k) plan account balances hit a record high at the end of last year, Fidelity Investments said in an analysis released Thursday.

Obama says Affordable Care Act is key to economic recovery

Published January 21, 2015 CST

President Barack Obama described the Affordable Care Act as part of the fabric of middle-class economic recovery as he delivered a State of the Union address to a Republican-controlled Congress intent on dismantling the law.

Veterans' exemption from employer mandate OK'd by Senate committee

Published January 28, 2015 CST

More small employers would be shielded from a health care reform law provision that requires employers to offer coverage or be liable for a stiff financial penalty under legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

Federal health exchange enrollment hits 7.1 million

Published January 21, 2015 CST

More than 7.1 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first nine weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

Health exchange enrollees in California get $3.2 billion in fed premium subsidies

Published January 27, 2015 CST

California residents eligible for federal health care reform law premium subsidies received $3.2 billion in subsidies — or an average of $5,200 per covered household — to purchase coverage in the state's health insurance exchange, state officials said.

Arthur J. Gallagher acquires California employee benefits consulting firm

Published January 13, 2015 CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Newport Beach, California-based employee benefits consulting firm e3 Financial.

Green Bay banking company acquiring consulting firm for $48 million

Published January 21, 2015 CST

The deal which is expected to close in February, could cost as much as $56 million if certain contingencies are met, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Associated Banc-Corp said in a statement released Jan. 16.

Anthem's profit beats forecast as enrollments rise

Published January 28, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Anthem Inc. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by an increase in premium revenue and memberships for its government plans, particularly in the Medicaid program.

Huge price gaps for hip, knee replacements 'seemingly random'

Published January 21, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Hip and knee replacements, two of the fastest-growing U.S. medical procedures, are subject to huge — and apparently random — price variations within the same geographical areas.

Federal health exchange enrollment nearly 6.8 million: HHS

Published January 14, 2015 CST

Nearly 6.8 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first eight weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, HHS reported Wednesday.

Ford pension plan funding holds steady in 2014

Published January 29, 2015 CST

The funded status of Ford Motor Co.’s pension plans remained unchanged in 2014 as strong investment returns offset lower interest rates, which increased the value of plan liabilities, the big automaker reported Thursday.

Republicans move to kill health reform law's individual mandate

Published January 22, 2015 CST

Legislation that would eliminate the health reform law's mandate for most Americans to buy insurance was introduced Wednesday by a pair of senators running the committees with the most influence over health care issues.

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.

Guidance on 'Cadillac tax' and other health reform rules still needed

Published January 18, 2015 CST

Employers still are waiting for regulatory guidance to help them comply with several key provisions of the health care reform law.