Business Insurance - _Benefits Management http://businessinsurance.com/section/news03 http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:23:22 EST 10 New same-sex marriage rules simplify FMLA benefits for employers http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019972 20150301/NEWS03/303019972 New regulations mandating federal emergency leave for all married same-sex couples may require employers to revise their policies and provide additional training, but it also should provide some administrative relief for benefit managers and human... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST IRS rules on health reform excise tax may lead to rethink of group plan design http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019977 20150301/NEWS03/303019977 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. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST IRS lays out thinking related to areas of health reform law's excise tax http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019978 20150301/NEWS03/303019978 In its notice about upcoming rules to implement the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans in 2018, the IRS laid out its thinking related to several areas of the health care reform law's excise tax. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Q&A: Ashok Subramanian, Liazon Corp. http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019982 20150301/NEWS03/303019982 Ashok Subramanian is CEO of Liazon Corp. After co-founding the company in 2007, Mr. Subramanian sold Liazon to Towers Watson & Co. in November 2013 for $215 million. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Affordable Care Act success benefits all http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150301/NEWS03/303019994 20150301/NEWS03/303019994 If there ever was an example of what a difference a year makes, enrollment in the health care reform law public exchanges is it. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Replacing health reform law a conundrum for conservatives http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150227/NEWS03/150229863 20150227/NEWS03/150229863 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act inspired the usual red-meat rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington on Thursday. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:07:01 EST Actuaries urge leeway to change health plan rates if subsidies killed http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150226/NEWS03/150229892 20150226/NEWS03/150229892 Health insurance actuaries are pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow plans to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:53:23 EST Workplace mental health stigma persists http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150225/NEWS03/150229907 20150225/NEWS03/150229907 A growing number of employers have observed a persistent if not worsening workplace stigma associated with mental and behavioral health issues, according to a recent study by the Disability Management Employer Coalition. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:21:55 EST Fitness enthusiasts help drive wellness program http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150225/NEWS03/150229909 20150225/NEWS03/150229909 CHICAGO — Zurich North America employees who are interested in fitness have served as “wellness champions” in the company's wellness program, helping to engage other Zurich employees and boost participation in the company's health... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:20:55 EST New Jersey recommends freezing state pension fund http://businessinsurance.com/article/20150225/NEWS03/150229912 20150225/NEWS03/150229912 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. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:35:13 EST