Business Insurance - _Benefits Management en-us Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:13:41 EST 10 Congress faces pressure to resolve multiemployer pension woes 20140831/NEWS03/140829830 When federal lawmakers passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 1974, they put aside a key issue affecting a big slice of the pension universe: multiemployer plans. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Landmark ERISA pension reform law sees mixed results 40 years after implementation 20140831/NEWS03/140829831 Forty years after President Gerald Ford signed the first comprehensive pension reform bill into law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act has produced successes and failures. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST GALLERY: ERISA timeline 20140831/NEWS03/140829834 Since ERISA was enacted 40 years ago, lawmakers have made numerous changes to the statute. This slideshow chronicles some key revisions and amendments. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Employers want unbiased advice on private health care exchanges 20140831/NEWS03/308319980 As private health insurance exchanges evolve, some benefits consultants are trying to distinguish themselves as unbiased advisers in a marketplace dominated by companies offering advisory services alongside their own branded exchange products. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Brokers with private health exchanges strive to maintain unbiased stance 20140831/NEWS03/308319981 Several brokers have positioned themselves as objective consultants within the private health insurance exchange marketplace, despite having their own exchanges. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST COMMENTARY: Wellness programs should address sleep disorders 20140831/NEWS03/308319982 As employers review their wellness programs, they should consider addressing a problem suffered by millions of Americans that is contributing to health disorders, weight gain, lost productivity and motor vehicle accidents. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST OPINION: Reflections on ERISA's 40th anniversary 20140831/NEWS03/308319983 Anniversaries are times for reflection. With the 40th anniversary this week of the signing of the first and still most significant pension reform legislation — the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — we have a few thoughts on the law. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Affordable Care Act pushes health insurer revenues higher 20140831/NEWS03/308319990 The influx of new customers buying health insurance through public exchanges drove moderate revenue and enrollment growth for the nation's largest health insurers during the first half of the year, but it also dampened their collective profit. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Largest health insurers plan to increase public exchange participation 20140831/NEWS03/308319991 Midway through the year, four of the five largest U.S. health insurers have signaled plans to increase their participation in public health insurance exchanges despite early profit declines and pricing uncertainty. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Direct contracts with medical providers help self-insured employers control costs 20140831/NEWS03/308319998 A growing number of self-insured employers are bypassing health plan administrators and contracting directly with pro-viders in efforts to limit the in-creases in their health care costs. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST