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(subscription required)Health care providers enter the insurance arena

Published June 05, 2016 CST

The lines are blurring between traditional health insurers and providers as more health systems develop their own insurance plans.

Big players dropping HSA business despite growth potential

Published June 13, 2016 CST

Financial institutions believe the prospects and potential profits for HSAs aren't big enough.

(subscription required)Benefit brokers moving from sales to service

Published June 19, 2016 CST

One-time transactional insurance middlemen become one-stop-shops for benefits and human resources.

House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

Published June 17, 2016 CST

Republicans to issue a plan to replace ACA in preparation to make their move after the presidential election.

New health reform bill shows why Republicans struggle with replacing ACA

Published June 01, 2016 CST

The bill would abolish ACA rules that nearly everyone must have insurance and that larger employers must offer health coverage.

Employees happy with wellness program results

Published June 02, 2016 CST

Most employees enrolled in wellness programs believe they are aiding them in lowering their health care costs, a survey says.

California agency backs Aetna-Humana merger

Published June 20, 2016 CST

Department of Managed Health Care gives green light to planned $37 billion deal.

Delta 401(k) participants sue Fidelity alleging fiduciary breach

Published May 31, 2016 CST

Plaintiffs allege that units of Fidelity Investments "inflated the price of investment advice services" for their retirement plan.

Senate Democrats ask DOJ to block health insurer mergers

Published June 22, 2016 CST

A group of Senate Democrats on Wednesday urged the Justice Department to block the proposed Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers, which would shrink the number of national health insurers to three from five.

Health insurance mega-deals aren't winning over large employers

Published June 01, 2016 CST

Fortune 500 companies say they won't be disappointed if insurance regulators torpedo pending health insurance mergers.

Aetna, Humana extend merger deadline

Published June 24, 2016 CST

The extension as seen as a sign that the health insurers likely underestimated the hurdles they would have to jump to close the deal.

Retirees sue Weyerhaeuser over terminated health benefits

Published June 10, 2016 CST

Plaintiffs say the forest-products manufacturer violated promises to its retirees by cutting and then terminating health benefits.

Congress members target employer tax breaks for health care premiums

Published June 14, 2016 CST

Reducing or eliminating tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance could pose a threat to the group insurance market.

House committee approves boost in HSA contributions

Published June 16, 2016 CST

Employees could make bigger contributions to their HSAs, while colleges and universities that don't extend health coverage to student employees would not be exposed to huge penalties, under a pair of bills.

UnitedHealthcare leaving Illinois public exchange

Published June 01, 2016 CST

The insurer's exit would mean fewer choices for Illinois consumers and less competition among other insurers vying for their business.

UnitedHealth pulls new CFO from its Optum unit

Published June 09, 2016 CST

Former Optum executive John Rex on Thursday was named chief financial officer of UnitedHealth Group.

Obama veto allows new Labor Department fiduciary rules

Published June 08, 2016 CST

The rules say retirement plan advisers could be at risk of civil penalties if they fail to consider customers' best interests.

Number of uninsured Americans would jump if health reform were repealed

Published June 13, 2016 CST

The biggest drop in coverage would be within the nation's lower-income population, according to the Urban Institute.

(subscription required)Pension ruling triggers dire warnings

Published June 05, 2016 CST

Treasury's rejection of a proposal by the Central States Pension Fund to slash benefits sets the stage for the plan's collapse.

Workplace wellness engages employees

Published June 05, 2016 CST

Workers are embracing wellness programs to help reduce health care costs as companies encourage employee participation.

Small, midsize employers rethinking wellness offerings

Published June 21, 2016 CST

On-site flu vaccines and nurse hotlines giving way to standing desks and other initiatives.

Lawmakers override Illinois governor's veto on Chicago police, fire pensions

Published May 31, 2016 CST

Chicago's police and fire pension fund contributions will be reduced in the near term after the Illinois General Assembly's vote on Monday.

Why lower ACA exchange enrollment may not be a bad thing

Published June 03, 2016 CST

People may have picked up health insurance from Medicaid, employers or other sources, experts say.

Antitrust regulators worry about Cigna-Anthem merger

Published June 20, 2016 CST

Justice Department reportedly isn't sure the companies can offer enough concessions to maintain competition in the industry.

Zenefits laying off employees, paying others to quit

Published June 15, 2016 CST

Investors point to the human resources software startup as a cautionary tale for firms that try to grow too quickly.