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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.

(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.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

New Owner for Business Insurance

Published August 09, 2016 CST

Connect with the Business Insurance team.

Benefits Dashboard overview

Published August 04, 2016 CST

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

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.

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.

Starbucks to offer health benefits through Aon Hewitt exchange

Published July 18, 2016 CST

Starbucks has signed up with Aon Hewitt to offer an increased number of health insurance plans through Aon Hewitt's private exchange.

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.

Health claims tax upheld again; will other states enact one?

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Experts see approval of Michigan levy sending a revenue signal to cash-crunched states.

Scholastic Corp. terminates cash balance plan

Published July 29, 2016 CST

Scholastic Corp., New York, terminated its U.S. cash balance plan, its recent 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.

Biggest pensions flat in July but off from year ago

Published August 08, 2016 CST

The funded status of very large pension plans sponsored by public companies stayed nearly even as solid investment returns largely offset falling interest rates, which boosted plan liabilities, according to a Milliman Inc. survey released Monday.

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.

(subscription required)ACA ripe for repair, not razing

Published July 31, 2016 CST

When it comes to the health care reform law, Republican Party leaders couldn't be clearer on what they want: Its repeal. The GOP 2016 platform adopted last month at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland doesn't mince words about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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.

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.

Mercer launches health care management portal

Published August 04, 2016 CST

Mercer L.L.C. said Thursday that it will partner with health care concierge services firm Accolade to launch Mercer Complete Care, a health care engagement and clinical management solution.

Tire manufacturer makes lump-sum offer to former employees

Published August 05, 2016 CST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Findlay, Ohio, offered a lump-sum window to about 1,200 former vested employees who have yet to retire, the company announced in a 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

Benefits dashboard

Published August 04, 2016 CST

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

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.

Catholic Health Initiatives to divest health plan operations

Published June 30, 2016 CST

The hospital system's experiment with health insurance has hit the end of the road after a couple years of heavy losses.

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.