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Federal judge blocks new HHS workaround for birth-control coverage

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published October 30, 2014 - 9:44am CST

A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday jumped into the latest round in the legal wrangling over a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision involving birth-control coverage and how it applies to religious institutions.

Hub International acquires benefits consultant Laurus Strategies

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published October 29, 2014 - 4:04pm CST

Chicago-based Hub International Midwest, a division of broker Hub International Ltd., is acquiring the assets of Laurus Strategies, an employee benefits, human resource technology and global benefits consulting business also based in Chicago.

Idaho workers comp rates mostly stable for 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2014 - 11:25am CST

Idaho employers will see a “slight” reduction in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.

Gatorade's workplace fitness program not your average wellness initiative

By: E.J. Schultz, AdvertisingAge

Published October 29, 2014 - 10:45am CST

Imagine setting a fitness goal — and then announcing it to your entire workplace. Or joining your office-mates in a daily round of planks or jumping jacks.

Arthur J. Gallagher reports $1.29B in third quarter revenue

By: Bill Kenealy

Published October 28, 2014 - 4:45pm CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. reported on Tuesday that its third-quarter revenue rose 53.9% over the same period a year ago to $1.29 billion, driven in large part by its ongoing acquisitions and a healthy rating environment.

Guy Carpenter practice to focus on health care providers and insurers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 27, 2014 - 11:26am CST

Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C. is launching a U.S. Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice that will focus on the needs of health care providers and insurers, the New York-based reinsurance brokerage said Monday.

Financial institutions identify cyber risk as major concern: Survey

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 23, 2014 - 1:15pm CST

A total of 84% of global financial institutions identified cyber risk as one of their top five concerns in a third-quarter survey by Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

IRS announces maximum 401(k) plan contribution limits for 2015

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 23, 2014 - 9:55am CST

The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans in 2015 will rise to $18,000, up from the current $17,500 limit, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

Ace excludes Ebola claims for some new and renewal general liability policies

By: Douglas McLeod

Published October 21, 2014 - 2:55pm CST

Ace USA confirmed Tuesday that it will exclude coverage for Ebola claims under new and renewal general liability polices issued to companies that have exposures to certain African countries.

Product helps small and midsize firms measure cyber attack readiness

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published October 21, 2014 - 2:29pm CST

Information technology solutions provider eManagement Inc. has developed a new tool to help small and midsize businesses measure their readiness to respond to and recover from cyber security attacks.

HHS form for health reform law reinsurance fee to be available Friday

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 21, 2014 - 9:54am CST

A long-awaited form employers will use to provide the HHS with information regulators will need to calculate the amount of a “reinsurance” fee mandated by the health care reform law will be available online starting Friday.

Ironshore expanding into agriculture sector

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 20, 2014 - 2:07pm CST

Ironshore International, a unit of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Ironshore Inc., said Monday it plans to enter the agriculture sector, offering capacity limits of up to $10 million, with the appointment of a divisional director.

Marsh to acquire flood insurance specialist Torrent Technologies

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 20, 2014 - 11:22am CST

Marsh L.L.C has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Torrent Technologies Inc., Marsh said Monday.

Employers taking action to avoid ACA excise tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 16, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Forty percent of employers say they expect at least one of their health care plans to be affected by a health care reform law-authorized excise tax — unless they act — with many already taking steps to reduce the likelihood that they will be hit by the tax.

Hartford offers commercial auto discounts to encourage driver safety

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 15, 2014 - 5:08pm CST

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. has added premium discounts and other rewards to its commercial auto policy to encourage driver safety among small and midsize businesses.

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