Business Insurance - _Benefits Management http://businessinsurance.com/section/news03 http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:53:26 EST 10 New York State Common Retirement Fund returns -0.52% for quarter http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141126/NEWS03/141129886 20141126/NEWS03/141129886 New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, returned -0.52% for the quarter ended Sept. 30, said Matthew Sweeney, a spokesman for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the sole trustee of the pension fund. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:46:10 EST New Jersey pension system funding plummets under new rule http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141126/NEWS03/141129897 20141126/NEWS03/141129897 (Reuters) — New Jersey's retirement system for public employees is in worse shape than previously reported, thanks to recent accounting changes that are starting to be rolled out across the country. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:41:26 EST More companies extending LGBT-inclusive benefits to employees: Survey http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141125/NEWS03/141129911 20141125/NEWS03/141129911 The percentage of U.S. companies offering LGBT-inclusive health and retirement benefits continued to grow in 2014, according to new survey data from the Washington-based nonprofit Human Rights Campaign. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:48:45 EST GE will steer workers to Northwestern Memorial for hips and knees http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141125/NEWS03/141129919 20141125/NEWS03/141129919 General Electric Co. has contracted with Northwestern Memorial Hospital to be one of GE's four centers of excellence for total hip and knee replacement surgeries. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:01:56 EST PBGC to finalize rollover rule http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141124/NEWS03/141129928 20141124/NEWS03/141129928 Participants in defined contribution plans can combine those assets with their defined benefit plans without exceeding federal guarantee limits set by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. under a rule to be finalized Tuesday. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:15:14 EST HHS warns employers about skimpy health plans http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141124/NEWS03/141129932 20141124/NEWS03/141129932 The HHS is warning employers that group health care plans that do not provide coverage for inpatient hospital and physician services will not pass the health reform law's “minimum value” test, the second federal agency to do so. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:03:32 EST HHS proposes third-year fee of $27 for ACA reinsurance program http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141124/NEWS03/141129935 20141124/NEWS03/141129935 Self-funded employers and other health care plan sponsors would have to pay $27 for each health plan enrollee in the third and final year of the Transitional Reinsurance Program authorized by the health care reform law, federal regulators proposed Friday. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:44:44 EST Many private health exchange options for post-65 retirees http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141123/NEWS03/141129949 20141123/NEWS03/141129949 There are as many as 100 private exchange options available to employers offering post-65 retiree health benefits, according to research by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Supreme Court reviewing pivotal health insurance exchange premium subsidy case http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141123/NEWS03/311239982 20141123/NEWS03/311239982 The ability of employers to slash their early retiree health care costs will depend on the outcome of an upcoming U.S. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Employers focus on health insurance plans providing better care and lower costs http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141123/NEWS03/311239986 20141123/NEWS03/311239986 WASHINGTON — Employers and health insurers are pursuing fresh benefit plan designs and communication strategies aimed at reducing medical costs and improving overall health conditions among employees and their families. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST