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Maximum FSA contributions expected to stay the same for 2016

Published August 19, 2015 CST

With inflation running low, the maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts in 2016 is expected to remain unchanged, according to the latest government statistics.

Maximum FSA contribution to remain at $2,550 for 2016

Published October 21, 2015 CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts next year will remain unchanged from this year.

Pharmacy sues OptumRX over removal from its network

Published November 13, 2015 CST

Park Irmat Drug Corp., the latest specialty pharmacy to be dropped by a payer, is suing OptumRx over PBM network removal.

Employers increase focus on workers' financial wellness

Published October 14, 2015 CST

Financial well-being is a growing concern for employers and employees alike, but the two groups may have different ideas on how best to address it.

(subscription required)More hospitals compete with insurers

Published October 25, 2015 CST

As large health insurers make moves to merge and consolidate, an increasing number of health care providers are stepping into the health insurance ring.

(subscription required)Looming 'Cadillac tax' complicates open enrollment

Published October 25, 2015 CST

As open enrollment approaches, the health care reform law's proposed 40% excise tax on expensive insurance plans is at the forefront of benefits managers' minds.

PPO health plans disappearing from public health exchanges

Published November 04, 2015 CST

Two-thirds of the 131 insurers that offered silver-level PPO health plans through the public exchanges in 2015 dropped or reduced the number of plans offered for the 2016 plan year.

President open to discussing changes to 40% 'Cadillac' tax

Published November 10, 2015 CST

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama is willing to consider suggested changes to the health care reform law's unpopular excise tax on costly health plans.

Congress repeals health reform law's automatic enrollment mandate

Published October 30, 2015 CST

Employers no longer have to face a health care reform law requirement that they automatically enroll workers who don't select coverage.

Shareholders approve merger of Aetna, Humana

Published October 19, 2015 CST

Expected to close to in the second half of 2016, the $37 billion deal awaits just state and federal OK.

(subscription required)Employers offer niche benefits

Published October 25, 2015 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — As open enrollment nears, employers are looking to a variety of voluntary benefits to bolster employee benefit packages and fill the gaps left by high-deductible health plans.

Is Walgreens circling the PBM market?

Published November 02, 2015 CST

When those in the know heard about Walgreens Boots Alliance's plan to acquire rival Rite Aid, many thought of three letters. And it wasn't CVS.

New human resources/benefits software poised to take on Zenefits

Published November 11, 2015 CST

Digital Insurance is hoping to shake up the benefits landscape by combining one-stop human resources software with its employee benefits advisory services.

Obama signs bill boosting PBGC premiums, dumping automatic enrollment

Published November 02, 2015 CST

In addition to repealing the health care reform law's automatic enrollment provision, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 will also hike insurance premiums employers pay to the PBGC.

UnitedHealth could gain from rivals' mergers

Published October 29, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group's position at the top of the industry is unlikely to be imperiled by consolidation among four of the five largest health insurers in the United States.

Obama threatens to veto bill to repeal key health reform provisions

Published October 22, 2015 CST

President Barack Obama has the power to veto legislation passed by Congress and has made it clear he isn't afraid to wield it.

Conservative objections complicate Cadillac tax repeal

Published October 28, 2015 CST

The likelihood of Congress passing legislation to repeal the health care reform law's unpopular 40% “Cadillac” tax is deteriorating amid an unlikely loss of support: conservative Republicans.

(subscription required)PBMs wed with promise of savings

Published November 08, 2015 CST

Pharmacy benefit managers will likely gain power and clout from the recent merger mania within their ranks, but the employers that work with them may not be so lucky.

(subscription required)Health care reform law's auto-enrollment rule repealed

Published November 08, 2015 CST

Repealing the health care reform law's automatic enrollment requirement will help employers, but that move does not open the door to repeal of other law provisions employers are urging legislators to junk.

Walgreens' return to pharmacy benefit management not a sure bet

Published November 04, 2015 CST

Walgreens' proposed purchase of Rite Aid puts the retail chain back in the pharmacy benefit management ring, however, its plan for PBM EnvisionRX is not clear.

House passes bill including repeals of health reform provisions

Published October 23, 2015 CST

Legislation that would repeal key parts of the health care reform law was approved Friday by the House of Representatives and is now headed for the Senate, but its future remains uncertain.

(subscription required)Finding value in wellness programs

Published October 25, 2015 CST

BOSTON — As employers broaden the ways in which they measure the efficacy of their workplace wellness programs, many of them say they are beginning to recognize the total value those programs add to their companies.

Former Munich Re execs to market medical stop-loss to self-insured employers

Published November 03, 2015 CST

Two former Munich Reinsurance execs have founded Reinsurance Direct Inc., a managing general underwriter that bypasses the broker to sell directly to employers.

Employers pull back from paying for group life plans

Published November 03, 2015 CST

Group life insurance seems to be following in the footsteps of health care, as fewer employers are footing the bill for policies.

401(k) account balances drop in 3rd quarter due to equities plunge

Published November 09, 2015 CST

Balances fell 7.4% during the third quarter due to the August plunge in the equities markets, Fidelity Investments said.