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(subscription required)How wellness programs benefit business tough to determine

Published June 28, 2015 CST

Value on investment is a hot buzzword in wellness, but are businesses embracing it?

Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal

Published July 03, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Aetna Inc. said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc. for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest-ever deal in the insurance industry.

(subscription required)Redefining the value of wellness

Published June 28, 2015 CST

Employers have long used return on investment to demonstrate how much a dollar spent on workplace wellness saves on medical costs, but the results often are disappointing because ROI fails to capture the broader effect of employee health interventions on the overall business.

Cadillac tax driving private health insurance exchange enrollment

Published June 29, 2015 CST

LAS VEGAS — Several factors are driving employers to private health insurance exchanges, one of the biggest being the 40% excise tax on high cost health care plans set to go into effect in 2018.

(subscription required)Reducing workplace obesity gains steam with overall wellness focus

Published June 28, 2015 CST

Tackling obesity and weight-related health issues can improve a company's bottom line, but it takes more than a short-lived fitness program to see real results.

Insurers to get almost $8 billion in health care reform reimbursements

Published July 01, 2015 CST

The federal government will pay out nearly $8 billion in claims reimbursements to 437 health insurers under a reinsurance program created by the health care reform law.

Mercer shuffles North American, multinational leadership

Published July 01, 2015 CST

Mercer L.L.C., the consulting unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. has appointed Simon O'Regan president of Mercer's North America region.

(subscription required)E-cigarette actions still evolving

Published June 28, 2015 CST

As employers try to rid the workplace of tobacco products, many are including electronic cigarettes and other vapor-based nicotine delivery systems.

Anthem, Cigna in new round of talks, source says

Published July 02, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Cigna Corp. has had its first meetings with competitor Anthem Inc. after it rebuffed Anthem's $47 billion merger proposal last month, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Employers look to private exchanges to control health costs

Published July 01, 2015 CST

LAS VEGAS — The 40% excise tax on high-cost health care plans set to go into effect in 2018 is driving employer interest in private health insurance exchanges as a way to control costs and avoid the tax.

Telemedicine gaining acceptance

Published July 02, 2015 CST

LAS VEGAS — On-site health care clinics that treat employees' medical issues on the spot along with providing preventive care have proven a valuable investment for some employers, but they aren't financially feasible for small companies.

(subscription required)Employers move to keep profit from going up in smoke

Published June 28, 2015 CST

Employers are taking a tougher stance on curbing employee smoking.

Most employers offer wellness programs, survey shows

Published June 30, 2015 CST

LAS VEGAS — Research from the Society for Human Resource Management Inc. shows employers are turning to chronic disease management programs, fitness classes and even massages to combat rising health care costs.

Who controls the data? Supreme Court to hear health care case

Published June 30, 2015 CST

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next term on whether a self-funded employer should have to turn over certain information to the state of Vermont — a case that could have far-reaching implications.

Employers interested in moving retirees to public exchanges, Mercer says

Published July 02, 2015 CST

Nearly half — 45% — of employers that offer health care coverage to pre-Medicare eligible retirees say they are considering or already have begun directing the retirees to public exchanges, according to a new Mercer L.L.C. survey.

(subscription required)Respect legal and privacy boundaries when setting up obesity programs

Published June 28, 2015 CST

Employers seeking to address obesity at work should take care not to violate discrimination laws or employee privacy rights.

Obama signs health coverage tax credit measure into law

Published June 29, 2015 CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed will again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama.

(subscription required)Aetna's move to buy Humana may start trend

Published July 05, 2015 CST

After weeks of maneuvering, consolidation among major health insurers began Friday, with Aetna Inc. announcing that it will buy rival Humana Inc. for $37 billion.

Health insurer Centene adds muscle with $6.3 billion deal for rival

Published July 02, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurer Centene Corp. will buy smaller rival Health Net Inc. for $6.3 billion, underscoring the health care industry’s rush to bulk up to negotiate better prices with suppliers and hospitals, and attract new customers.

(subscription required)Health care premiums to jump in 2016

Published June 21, 2015 CST

Fueled by an influx of expensive prescription drugs, group health insurance premiums are expected to increase an average of 5% to 8% in 2016.

Nestle to close U.K. pension plan

Published July 02, 2015 CST

Nestle U.K. announced Thursday it would close its defined benefit pension scheme, replacing it with a defined contribution plan.

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling

Published June 26, 2015 CST

The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage could prompt some employers to drop health care and retirement benefits for their employees' domestic partners, experts say.

Anthem takeover of Cigna poses operational, financial risks

Published June 24, 2015 CST

Investment analysts warned that health insurance giant Anthem Inc.'s proposed acquisition of rival Cigna Corp. could expose the combined company to significant operational and financial risks.

Employers urged to turn their attention to health reform law compliance

Published June 26, 2015 CST

CHICAGO — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold premium subsidies for health insurance obtained through both federal and state exchanges, employers should turn their focus to the health reform law’s extensive reporting requirements, benefits experts agreed.

Same-sex marriage: Reactions to the ruling

Published June 26, 2015 CST

News of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Friday that state laws barring same-sex couples from legally marrying violate their rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution elicited an array of emotional responses.