Business Insurance - _Benefits Management http://businessinsurance.com/section/news03 http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:09 EST 10 Enrollment in high-deductible health plans keeps growing: Report http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140916/NEWS03/140919888 20140916/NEWS03/140919888 Enrollment in high-deductible health insurance plans, including consumer-driven health plans, continues to grow, the National Center for Health Statistics said in a report Tuesday. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:01:17 EST More than 42 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2013: Census Bureau http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140916/NEWS03/140919894 20140916/NEWS03/140919894 More than 42 million Americans — 13.4% of the U.S. population — lacked health insurance coverage in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday in a new survey. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:47:18 EST App developers seek clearer U.S. health data privacy guidelines http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140916/NEWS03/140919896 20140916/NEWS03/140919896 (Reuters) — Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:49:04 EST High-deductible plans and wellness programs keep health care costs low http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140914/NEWS03/309149974 20140914/NEWS03/309149974 Employers' move to high-deductible health plans and greater use of generic drugs and wellness programs are limiting increases in health care costs, with no sign that premiums will surge in the near future. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST Cultural differences, insurance laws challenge global wellness strategies http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140914/NEWS03/309149982 20140914/NEWS03/309149982 American employers hoping to expand their workplace wellness strategies globally must account for variations in the needs and resources of their foreign-based employees to effectively design, implement and monitor wellness programs overseas. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST American Express workplace wellness program enjoys successful global strategy http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140914/NEWS03/309149983 20140914/NEWS03/309149983 Since its U.S. rollout in 2009, New York-based American Express Co.'s Healthy Living workplace wellness program has grown into a global strategy that encompasses worksites in 22 countries. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST UP CLOSE: Jeff Smith http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140914/NEWS03/309149984 20140914/NEWS03/309149984 CHICAGO-BASED PRINCIPAL Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST Q&A: James Klein, American Benefits Council http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140914/NEWS03/309149989 20140914/NEWS03/309149989 For years, employers have been grappling with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as reform law provisions took effect and regulations were published. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST Marietta, Georgia, extends pension benefits to married same-sex couples http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140912/NEWS03/140919938 20140912/NEWS03/140919938 The city of Marietta, Georgia, has extended spousal benefits under its pension plan to legally wed same-sex couples. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:25:55 EST Health benefits costs back on the rise: Mercer survey http://businessinsurance.com/article/20140911/NEWS03/140919954 20140911/NEWS03/140919954 Following several consecutive years of decline, the average rate of increase in health benefit costs has begun to trend back upward, according to preliminary survey results published Thursday by Mercer L.L.C. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:46 EST