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High-deductible plans and wellness programs keep health care costs low

Published September 14, 2014 CST

Employers' move to high-deductible health plans and greater use of generic drugs and wellness programs are limiting increases in health care costs, with no sign that premiums will surge in the near future.

Enrollment in high-deductible health plans keeps growing: Report

Published September 16, 2014 CST

Enrollment in high-deductible health insurance plans, including consumer-driven health plans, continues to grow, the National Center for Health Statistics said in a report Tuesday.

App developers seek clearer U.S. health data privacy guidelines

Published September 16, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology.

Coke, J&J join big companies behind new employee wellness push

Published September 17, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's health care costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

American Express workplace wellness program enjoys successful global strategy

Published September 14, 2014 CST

Since its U.S. rollout in 2009, New York-based American Express Co.'s Healthy Living workplace wellness program has grown into a global strategy that encompasses worksites in 22 countries.

Cultural differences, insurance laws challenge global wellness strategies

Published September 14, 2014 CST

American employers hoping to expand their workplace wellness strategies globally must account for variations in the needs and resources of their foreign-based employees to effectively design, implement and monitor wellness programs overseas.

More than 42 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2013: Census Bureau

Published September 16, 2014 CST

More than 42 million Americans — 13.4% of the U.S. population — lacked health insurance coverage in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday in a new survey.

Mid-market consultant Benefits Resource joins Digital Benefits Advisors

Published September 17, 2014 CST

Atlanta-based Digital Benefits Advisors on Wednesday said it has added Benefits Resource L.L.C., an Aliso Viejo, California-based consultant, to its nationwide network of employee benefits-only service providers.

Marietta, Georgia, extends pension benefits to married same-sex couples

Published September 12, 2014 CST

The city of Marietta, Georgia, has extended spousal benefits under its pension plan to legally wed same-sex couples.

UP CLOSE: Jeff Smith

Published September 14, 2014 CST

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Health benefits costs back on the rise: Mercer survey

Published September 11, 2014 CST

Following several consecutive years of decline, the average rate of increase in health benefit costs has begun to trend back upward, according to preliminary survey results published Thursday by Mercer L.L.C.

Q&A: James Klein, American Benefits Council

Published September 14, 2014 CST

In a recent conversation with Business Insurance Editor-at-Large Jerry Geisel, James Klein, president of the American Benefits Council, a Washington-based employer benefits lobbying organization, discusses the likelihood of further changes to the law. Edited excerpts follow.

Employers support same-sex marriage for Texas, other southern states

Published September 18, 2014 CST

A group of employers has urged a judicial panel in New Orleans to uphold same-sex couples' right to legally marry in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Aon Hewitt said users of private health exchange saw lower costs in 2014

Published September 18, 2014 CST

Employers and individuals participating in Aon Hewitt’s private health insurance exchange saw reductions in their health care costs for the 2014 plan year, the benefits consultant said Thursday.

State, local pension funding stabilizes in 2013

Published September 11, 2014 CST

Pension funding at both the state and local levels appears to be stabilizing, according to the 12th annual public pension funding review announced Wednesday by Loop Capital Markets.

Group health premium increases modest in 2014: Survey

Published September 10, 2014 CST

Group health insurance premiums continue to increase modestly, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Gallagher buys Connecticut-based benefits consultant

Published September 09, 2014 CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. on Tuesday announced the purchase of Everett James Inc., a Ridgefield, Connecticut-based employee benefits broker and consultant.

House approves bill defining full-time employees as those working 40 hours

Published September 19, 2014 CST

For the second time this year, the House of Representatives approved legislation to ease the health care reform law’s definition of a full-time employee by changing it to those working an average of at least 40 hours per week, shielding more employers from a stiff financial penalty imposed by the law.

ACA's medical outcomes research fee to increase

Published September 19, 2014 CST

A medical outcomes research fee mandated by the health care reform law and paid by self-funded employers and insurers is going up slightly.

Health exchanges cover 7.3 million people: HHS regulator

Published September 19, 2014 CST

About 7.3 million people were enrolled in federal and state health insurance exchanges as of Aug. 15, 700,000 fewer than the 8 million Americans who signed up for coverage during the first three months following the opening of the exchanges on Jan. 1, a top federal regulator disclosed.

IRS bumps up maximum interest rate for cash balance plans

Published September 19, 2014 CST

Final Internal Revenue Service regulations will allow cash balance pension plan sponsors to use slightly higher rates when crediting interest to employees’ account balances.

California law guarantees workers three paid sick days a year

Published September 10, 2014 CST

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday legislation that provides California workers with up to 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year.

Senior execs increasingly more hands-on in medical stop-loss decisions: Study

Published August 29, 2014 CST

As high-cost medical claims continue to rise among employers that self-insure their group health benefits, the number of senior executives, financial officers and risk managers involving themselves in their company's decisions regarding stop-loss insurance is also increasing.

Some pension plans in danger, others need flexibility: PBGC chief

Published September 03, 2014 CST

In his last day as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., Joshua Gotbaum warned of dire consequences unless Congress acts to shore up financially ailing multiemployer pension plans.

Appeals court upholds gay marriage rights in Indiana, Wisconsin

Published September 04, 2014 CST

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled unanimously Thursday in favor of gay and lesbian couples seeking equal marriage rights and benefits in Indiana and Wisconsin.