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Medicare shares private-sector problem: soaring prescription drug costs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 26, 2016 - 4:55pm CST

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary finds a double-digit increase in catastrophic coverage of prescription expenses.

Merger hopes for Aetna-Humana remain, Anthem-Cigna not so much

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 26, 2016 - 4:36pm CST

Barclays' analysts see a strong case for Aetna and Humana particularly after divestitures.

Zenefits settles insurance licensing compliance issues

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 26, 2016 - 11:29am CST

By paying $62,000 fine, tech-focused benefits broker can keep operating in Tennessee.

Supreme Court to take cases over pension plans

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published July 26, 2016 - 9:33am CST

Two health systems want the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether their pension plans should be exempt from certain federal protections for workers.

Clinton VP pick Kaine backs improving and expanding the ACA

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published July 25, 2016 - 9:32am CST

Virginia senator has sponsored several bills to fix gaps and glitches in health care reform.

Retirement security at top of wish lists for next president

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published July 25, 2016 - 9:20am CST

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins, retirement issues should be on the president's desk.

Merger momentum hits a brick wall

Published July 22, 2016 - 1:04pm CST

Are health insurers' merger dreams at a dead end?

New York Life sued by employees claiming excessive 401(k) fees

By: Greg Iacurci, InvestmentNews

Published July 21, 2016 - 4:14pm CST

Suits question inclusion of an S&P 500 index fund owned and operated by the insurer in its retirement plans.

Humana to sharply curtail individual offerings

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:33pm CST

Insurer cites challenges in ACA public exchanges and individual markets.

Stakeholders, pundits laud litigation to halt health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

The American Medical Association, among others, says deals would harm patients and the health care industry.

California health exchange to see double-digit rate hike in 2017

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 20, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

Health insurance plan rates will rise an average of 13.2% next year in California’s health insurance exchange, more than triple the increases of prior years, state officials announced.

GOP platform holds back on health policies except in social issues

By: Shannon Muchmore, Modern Healthcare

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:13am CST

Party calls for a halt to the ACA, shifting Medicare to a premium support model and turning Medicaid into a capped state block grant program

Starbucks move furthers private health insurance exchanges

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 4:48pm CST

The coffee chain plans to serve up health care coverage for its employees through an Aon Hewitt insurance exchange.

Health insurers ready to fight merger challenge on competition grounds

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 19, 2016 - 4:12pm CST

Regulators worry that megamergers between Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna, would harm health insurance customers.

Medicaid expansion in holdout states would insure millions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 3:33pm CST

If the remaining 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid do so next year, millions of uninsured individuals would gain coverage, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

Employers look to public exchanges for pre-Medicare retiree benefits

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 2:06pm CST

Amid continuing cost increases, a sizeable majority of employers offering health care coverage to pre-Medicare-eligible retirees expect to change those plans, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Census Bureau to release uninsured report Sept. 13

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 8:06am CST

The Census Bureau's annual report is expected to highlight how much health insurance coverage has expanded due to the health care reform law.

Antitrust ruling on big mergers expected soon

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

A U.S. Justice Department decision on the proposed mergers of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., could come as soon as this week.

Bill would enhance attractions of FSAs, HSAs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Employers are cheering legislation that would restore employees' ability to use their FSAs and HSAs for over-the-counter medications.

Proposal adds twist to health plan opt out rules

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Proposed IRS regulations that could penalize employers offering financial incentives to certain employees to opt out of company-provided health insurance plans also would shield employers from a health reform law affordability penalty in some cases.

More voters with Hillary on health care

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 15, 2016 - 12:26pm CST

When it comes to presidential candidates, a survey shows voters that feel Hillary Clinton best represents their views on health care.

Bill would take PBGC premiums 'off budget'

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 15, 2016 - 11:58am CST

Legislation would end a widely reviled “gimmick” of increasing the premiums employers pay to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

The BI Top 10

Published July 15, 2016 - 10:51am CST

A health care insurer shutdown and soon-to-come decisions over health insurer mergers are among our most read features.

Berkshire Hathaway pension freeze suit can continue

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 15, 2016 - 9:03am CST

Employees of a company bought by Berkshire Hathaway can sue Berkshire on the grounds that it violated ERISA law, a court says.

HHS offers advice for health care industry to guard against malware

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 14, 2016 - 1:45pm CST

The federal agency has issued guidance on how hospitals and medical practices can deal with the issue of ransomware.

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