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(subscription required)Antitrust ruling on big mergers expected soon

Published July 17, 2016 CST

A U.S. Justice Department decision on the proposed mergers of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., could come as soon as this week.

State health care exchange to fold after 3-year run

Published July 13, 2016 CST

Land of Lincoln Health, an Illinois insurer that launched to bring competition to the online exchange, suffered big financial losses.

Justice Department nearing decision on health insurer mergers

Published July 12, 2016 CST

Federal antitrust regulators could soon approve or deny the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals that were struck last year.

Insurers raking in multimillion-dollar health care law reimbursements

Published July 01, 2016 CST

Some insurers are receiving a massive payday from a government reinsurance program meant to help stabilize premiums.

Court rules UnitedHealthcare can be sued for millions in unpaid bills

Published June 30, 2016 CST

An out-of-network Texas hospital system can sue UnitedHealthcare Inc. for $104 million in unpaid hospital bills.

Antitrust officials poised to block Anthem, Aetna deals: Source

Published July 19, 2016 CST

U.S. antitrust officials reportedly are poised to file lawsuits to block Anthem's acquisition of Cigna, as well as Aetna's takeover of Humana.

Humana shares drop on report of DOJ meeting on Aetna deal

Published July 07, 2016 CST

Antitrust regulators reportedly were due to discuss "significant concerns" over Humana's proposed buyout by rival Aetna.

(subscription required)Cost-conscious employers revisit HMOs

Published July 03, 2016 CST

Health insurers and employers are limiting plan members' choice of doctors and hospitals in a revamp of the once-popular health maintenance organization model that focused on runaway health costs.

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.

New York state backs Aetna/Humana merger — with conditions

Published July 12, 2016 CST

The $37 billion proposed merger between Aetna and Humana has reportedly clinched approval from New York state insurance regulators.

Justice sues to block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana mergers; insurers vow to fight

Published July 21, 2016 CST

Federal officials say the proposed mergers would reduce health insurer competition, hurting employers, consumers, doctors and hospitals.

House passes bill restoring use of FSAs for OTC drugs

Published July 07, 2016 CST

Employees could be able to tap their flexible spending and health savings accounts to pay for over-the-counter medications.

Aetna, Humana extend merger deadline

Published June 24, 2016 CST

The extension may be a sign that the health insurers underestimated the hurdles they would have to jump to close the deal.

Out-of-pocket inpatient hospitalization costs up 37% after ACA passage

Published June 27, 2016 CST

Costs were the highest among those enrolled in individual health plans and consumer-directed health plans, a study says.

(subscription required)A healthy enthusiasm for well-being

Published July 03, 2016 CST

For Philia Swam, improving employees' health and wellness has been the passion driving her career.

Pandemic risks have life insurers weighing options

Published June 23, 2016 CST

Life insurers are anticipating a surge in the number of epidemics and pandemics in the next decade, but it's unclear if their rates will rise in response.

Health insurer joins stampede to narrow networks

Published June 27, 2016 CST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million.

Scandal-hit Zenefits slashes own valuation as it cuts deal with investors

Published July 01, 2016 CST

The once-hot startup firm is seeking to avoid litigation and mend damage in the wake of revelations of cheating.

Berkshire Hathaway pension freeze suit can continue

Published July 15, 2016 CST

Employees of a company bought by Berkshire Hathaway can sue Berkshire on the grounds that it violated ERISA law, a court says.

Health insurers ready to fight merger challenge on competition grounds

Published July 19, 2016 CST

Regulators worry that megamergers between Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna, would harm health insurance customers.

Hub acquires employee benefits brokerage

Published July 05, 2016 CST

The broker said it has acquired the assets of Tenth Dot Benefit Solutions, which does business as Gateway Financial.

Brexit vote prompts fears over U.K. insurers' capital strength

Published June 28, 2016 CST

Market falls triggered by Britain's vote to leave the E.U. could impact British insurers' ability to pay dividends.

Hold middlemen's feet to the fire to cauterize specialty drug spending

Published July 05, 2016 CST

Experts urge employers to be creative in managing specialty drug costs, which rose 17.8% in 2015.

Investment adviser's employees sue over excessive 401(k) fees

Published July 06, 2016 CST

Employees of American Century Cos. say the firm's 401(k) plan management was “tainted by self-interest.”

New York Life sued by employees claiming excessive 401(k) fees

Published July 21, 2016 CST

New York Life Insurance Co. is the newest addition to the ever-growing list of asset managers and retirement plan providers being sued by their employees for fiduciary breach in the company 401(k) plan.