Business Insurance - _Benefits Management http://businessinsurance.com/section/news03 http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:34:15 EST 10 California sees health exchange surge as open enrollment ends for 2014 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140418/NEWS03/140419840 20140418/NEWS03/140419840 (Reuters) — Thanks to a final April surge, California's health care exchange marketplace enrolled a total of 1.4 million people in private health insurance plans, state officials announced Thursday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:50:15 EST Mercer projects health reform law's 2015 penalties, HSA and HDHP tax limits http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140418/NEWS03/140419841 20140418/NEWS03/140419841 Mercer L.L.C. has projected the amounts employers can expect to pay in 2015 for failing to comply with the health care reform law's “play or pay” provisions in a report released on Tuesday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 EST PPACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140417/NEWS03/140419850 20140417/NEWS03/140419850 Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:43 EST Misdiagnosis could affect 12 million U.S. adults annually: Study http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140417/NEWS03/140419861 20140417/NEWS03/140419861 An estimated 1 in 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful for the patient, finds a new study in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:15:21 EST PBGC reaches settlement with Saint-Gobain to prevent pension plan takeover http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140416/NEWS03/140419878 20140416/NEWS03/140419878 The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has reached a settlement that will allow Saint-Gobain Containers Inc., Muncie, Ind., to continue as the sponsor of its pension plan following threats by the agency to take possession of the plan. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:51:33 EST Funding of large employers' pension plans fell $5B in March: Milliman http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140416/NEWS03/140419888 20140416/NEWS03/140419888 The funding levels of pension plans sponsored by large publicly held U.S. employers fell nearly $5 billion in March, primarily due to asset underperformance and interest rate decreases, according to a new report by Milliman Inc. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:19:02 EST U.S. health care usage, spending resume rise in 2013: Report http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140415/NEWS03/140419911 20140415/NEWS03/140419911 (Reuters) — Americans used more health services and spent more on prescription drugs in 2013, reversing a recent trend, though greater use of cheaper generic drugs helped control spending, according to a new report. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:22:24 EST CBO predicts 6% annual premium hikes for Obamacare plans this decade http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140414/NEWS03/140419925 20140414/NEWS03/140419925 (Reuters) — The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6% a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:14:29 EST U.S. CBO estimates slightly lower deficits as health subsidies fall http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140414/NEWS03/140419928 20140414/NEWS03/140419928 (Reuters) — U.S. budget deficits over the next decade will be $286 billion less than previously estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said, attributing the decline to lower estimates of subsidy costs under the health care reform law. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:44 EST Flexible spending accounts' future uncertain as health care rules evolve http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140413/NEWS03/304139979 20140413/NEWS03/304139979 Internal Revenue Service guidance resolves how to integrate health savings accounts with carry-over flexible spending accounts, but employer interest in carry-over FSAs appears limited. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST