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Did Justice Kennedy offer a clue to the Supreme Court's pending decision?

Published March 25, 2015 CST

No one can read the U.S. Supreme Court justices' minds, so everyone in health care is parsing their words for signs of how they'll vote in King v. Burwell.

Wellness programs urged to focus on employees' overall well-being

Published March 18, 2015 CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Employers can more deeply influence their employees' health management habits by expanding their workplace wellness programs to account for a more comprehensive view of their workers' overall well-being.

Hospital health plans heighten tensions with insurers

Published March 23, 2015 CST

Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, says his health system's entry into the insurance market has complicated its negotiations with insurers.

Employers sweetening the wellness pot

Published March 26, 2015 CST

More employers are offering financial incentives through wellness programs to improve employees' health, while many are boosting the value of those incentives.

EEOC revising rules on financial incentives for wellness programs

Published March 20, 2015 CST

The EEOC on Friday signaled that it has completed a set of rule revisions to address practical conflicts in the regulations governing the use of financial incentives in workplace wellness programs.

Health exchanges attracting low-income participants

Published March 25, 2015 CST

Participation in public health insurance exchanges is heavily skewed in favor of those with very low incomes, according to a new analysis.

(subscription required)Health exchange subsidy ruling by Supreme Court may spur action in Congress

Published March 15, 2015 CST

A U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down premium subsidies for millions of people obtaining health insurance through the federal exchange could result in the first major bipartisan congressional effort to change the health care reform law.

Health care reform credited with $7.4 billion drop in uncompensated care

Published March 24, 2015 CST

Hospitals’ uncompensated-care costs in Medicaid expansion states were reduced by $5 billion in 2014, according to a Health and Human Services report published Monday, the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s signature health care law.

Republicans eye budget maneuver to pass GOP subsidies fix

Published March 24, 2015 CST

House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says Republicans need to have a plan in place by June 20 to respond if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down subsidies in up to 37 states.

Ameriprise to pay $27.5 million in settlement with 401(k) participants

Published March 26, 2015 CST

Ameriprise Financial Inc., Minneapolis, will pay $27.5 million as part of a preliminary settlement with participants in its 401(k) plan, said a court document published Thursday.

Obama marks health care reform's fifth anniversary

Published March 23, 2015 CST

President Obama on Monday commemorated the fifth anniversary of his signing of his landmark health care reform law by touting the act's successes in the face of heavy political opposition.

Congress tries to kill health care law again

Published March 26, 2015 CST

President Barack Obama on Wednesday remained upbeat and defiant against his health care reform law's naysayers during a White House event to celebrate the controversial law's fifth birthday.

(subscription required)Supreme Court ruling supports Notre Dame's objections to contraception mandate

Published March 15, 2015 CST

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent its strongest signal yet that it's unlikely to allow the federal government to force religious nonprofit organizations to offer prescription contraceptive coverage to their employees.

Obama administration touts health reform's benefits

Published March 25, 2015 CST

The Obama administration is using the fifth anniversary week of the signing of the health care law this week as a catalyst for the release of a slew of statistics to show how the law has met its central objective: reducing the number of Americans without health insurance.

Illinois solicitor general says pension clause can be 'altered'

Published March 12, 2015 CST

Oral arguments over the constitutionality of Illinois' 2013 pension reform law began at the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Business Insurance opens nominations for Benefit Manager of the YearŽ

Published February 10, 2015 CST

Know an outstanding benefit manager? Nominate him or her for Benefit Manager of the YearŽ.

Employers hone in on wellness program success, combating poor work climates

Published March 17, 2015 CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Employers' success in improving the overall health and productivity of their workforce through wellness and health management programs may depend greatly on the quality of their workplace climate.

Enrollments in Towers Watson health exchange could top 1 million

Published March 19, 2015 CST

Towers Watson & Co. says it expects enrollment in its private health insurance exchange to hit 1.2 million this year, a 50% increase from 2014.

Starwood Hotels signs up with private health insurance exchange

Published March 16, 2015 CST

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has signed up with Towers Watson & Co. to offer health insurance plans to its 26,000 U.S. employees and dependents through Towers Watson's private exchange, OneExchange.

New Jersey recommends freezing state pension fund

Published February 25, 2015 CST

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission recommended freezing the $76.8 billion New Jersey Pension Fund, Trenton, and creating a new cash balance plan for current and future participants.

Nevada lawmaker wants to gamble on pot for pets

Published March 18, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Pampered pets in the Silver State soon may qualify for a new prescription drug rider on their pet insurance policies.

Almost 11.7 million covered through government health insurance exchanges

Published March 11, 2015 CST

Nearly 11.7 million people selected plans in the federal and state health insurance exchanges during the 2015 open season, the U.S. Department of Health and Services reported, a big jump over last year's enrollment.

(subscription required)IRS rules on health reform excise tax may lead to rethink of group plan design

Published March 01, 2015 CST

Many employers are likely to redesign the fastest growing group health plan design — high-deductible plans linked to health savings accounts — in the wake of forthcoming Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Prudential CEO Tidjane Thiam to join Credit Suisse

Published March 10, 2015 CST

Prudential P.L.C. announced Tuesday that group CEO Tidjane Thiam will step down from his post this year and join Swiss bank Credit Suisse A.G. as CEO.

(subscription required)Business Insurance accepting nominations for Benefit Manager of the Year®

Published February 15, 2015 CST

Outstanding benefit managers can make a huge difference in their organizations' financial success and the welfare of employees, which is why top benefits staff members should be recognized.