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Aon Hewitt adding voluntary benefit options to private health exchange

Published August 28, 2014 CST

Aon Hewitt on Thursday said it is planning to add voluntary benefit plans to the menu of coverages available through its private health insurance exchange, largely due to rising employer demand for a wider variety of exchange-based benefit options.

Cincinnati to cover employee gender reassignment surgery

Published August 28, 2014 CST

Cincinnati will offer coverage for medically necessary transgender procedures under its employee health care plans beginning in 2015, according to city officials.

Ex-Little Caesar manager sues over denial of same-sex spousal benefits

Published August 29, 2014 CST

A former Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. employee has sued the company for denying spousal health insurance to married same-sex couples in California.

Vermont residents spend less on health care, but clouds are looming

Published August 27, 2014 CST

With Vermont's ambitions for universal health care by 2017, reports say privately insured patients spent less time hospitalized and used more generic drugs than the average U.S. patient, in lieu of health reform.

Retrofit bulks up corporate weight-loss effort with BSwift

Published August 26, 2014 CST

Chicago's Retrofit Inc., a tech-enabled weight-loss startup backed by J.B. Pritzker, Larry Levy and Jai Shekhawat, is teaming with BSwift, a Chicago-based health insurance services company.

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.

IRS issues draft copies of health care coverage reporting forms

Published August 29, 2014 CST

The Internal Revenue Service has issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms employers will have to provide to full-time employees and to the IRS starting in 2016.

Flexible spending account cap expected to rise in 2015

Published August 29, 2014 CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts is expected to rise in 2015 by $50 to $2,550, according to Buck Consultants at Xerox calculations. to be run by Connecticut exchange leader

Published August 26, 2014 CST

The leader of one of the most successful state-based insurance exchanges will head to Washington to become CEO of the federal marketplace. The CMS named Connecticut's Kevin Counihan to the newly created post on Tuesday.

Lufthansa's Germanwings pilots strike as pension row rumbles on

Published August 29, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday, disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays and putting pressure on Lufthansa management in a pension scheme dispute.

Pension contribution changes part of Philadelphia's deal with union

Published August 25, 2014 CST

Philadelphia reached a tentative seven-year contract agreement with the representatives from the city's largest municipal workers' union, AFSCME District Council 33.

Obama administration floats new prescription contraceptive rules

Published August 22, 2014 CST

The Obama administration sought to end a long-running controversy by proposing new ways to enable employees of nonprofit religiously affiliated organizations for prescription contraceptives.

Washington health exchange plans double; average rates rise 1.9%

Published August 28, 2014 CST

Consumers in Washington state will have more choices in health plans next year and at rates lower than initially proposed, according to information made public by the state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

National Financial Partners buys mid-market specialist Benefit Resources

Published August 22, 2014 CST

National Financial Partners Corp. said Friday that it has acquired Cincinnati-based Benefit Resources Inc., which specializes in group benefits, human resources and benefit compliance.

Brink's offers lump-sum payment to former employees

Published August 29, 2014 CST

The Brink's Co., Richmond, Va., announced on Friday it has offered certain former employees who are vested in its U.S. defined benefit plan the option to accept a lump sum.

Judge strikes down Florida ban on same-sex marriage

Published August 22, 2014 CST

A federal judge has struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.

Congress faces pressure to resolve multiemployer pension woes

Published August 31, 2014 CST

When federal lawmakers passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 1974, they put aside a key issue affecting a big slice of the pension universe: multiemployer plans.

Landmark ERISA pension reform law sees mixed results 40 years after implementation

Published August 31, 2014 CST

Forty years after President Gerald Ford signed the first comprehensive pension reform bill into law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act has produced successes and failures.

Willis partners with sleep health management specialist FusionHealth

Published August 21, 2014 CST

Willis North America Inc. has partnered with Atlanta-based sleep health management solutions provider FusionHealth to help firms reduce risks associated with sleep disorders.


Published August 31, 2014 CST

Since ERISA was enacted 40 years ago, lawmakers have made numerous changes to the statute. This slideshow chronicles some key revisions and amendments.

Employers expect modest health plan cost increases in 2015: Survey

Published August 20, 2014 CST

Employers are expecting only modest increases in 2015 in their group health care plan costs, but are looking at new approaches to continue to keep costs under control, according to a survey released Wednesday.

California governor decries Calpers vote on pensions

Published August 20, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — California Gov. Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

COMMENTARY: Wellness programs should address sleep disorders

Published August 31, 2014 CST

As employers review their wellness programs, they should consider addressing a problem suffered by millions of Americans that is contributing to health disorders, weight gain, lost productivity and motor vehicle accidents.

Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions constitutional

Published August 20, 2014 CST

The Washington State Supreme Court upheld as constitutional two bills passed by the state Legislature in 2007 and 2011 that reduced benefits for some participants in several of the state's pension funds.

Employers want unbiased advice on private health care exchanges

Published August 31, 2014 CST

As private health insurance exchanges evolve, some benefits consultants are trying to distinguish themselves as unbiased advisers in a marketplace dominated by companies offering advisory services alongside their own branded exchange products.