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

By: Robert Steyer, Pensions & Investments

Published March 26, 2015 - 4:12pm 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.

Congress tries to kill health care law again

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published March 26, 2015 - 11:11am 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.

Employers sweetening the wellness pot

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 26, 2015 - 8:16am CST

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

Health exchanges attracting low-income participants

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 25, 2015 - 1:05pm CST

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

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

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published March 25, 2015 - 11:50am 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.

Obama administration touts health reform's benefits

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 25, 2015 - 10:14am 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.

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

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published March 24, 2015 - 9:55am 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

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published March 24, 2015 - 9:54am 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.

Obama marks health care reform's fifth anniversary

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 23, 2015 - 3:38pm 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.

Hospital health plans heighten tensions with insurers

By: Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare

Published March 23, 2015 - 9:31am CST

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

EEOC revising rules on financial incentives for wellness programs

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 20, 2015 - 2:10pm 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.

Enrollments in Towers Watson health exchange could top 1 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 19, 2015 - 1:34pm 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.

Program provides insurers real-time access to electronic health records

By: Shelby Livingston

Published March 19, 2015 - 11:55am CST

Software and technology services provider SunGard Financial Systems, a unit of SunGard Data Systems Inc., has launched a health information exchange communication product that aims to help health payers identify and mitigate fraud, waste and abuse in health insurance claims.

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

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 18, 2015 - 3:03pm 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.

Nevada lawmaker wants to gamble on pot for pets

Published March 18, 2015 - 1:18pm CST

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