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Liberty Mutual employees score victory in pension fight

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 26, 2016 - 12:01pm CST

An appeals court handed a victory to several Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. employees ruling they could pursue claims against the insurer.

Defined benefit pension woes hinders sale of steel manufacturer

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 26, 2016 - 8:46am CST

(Reuters) — Britain's government said on Thursday it had started discussions on overhauling the deficit-laden British Steel Pension Scheme, a major stumbling block for potential buyers of Tata Steel Ltd.'s U.K. assets.

Hospital agrees to funnel millions into pension plan to settle litigation

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published May 25, 2016 - 4:39pm CST

Another hospital has agreed to settle for $107 million in what's become a growing list of cases over whether faith-based health systems have to follow federal rules meant to protect employee pensions.

Uninsured rate hits single-digit milestone

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 25, 2016 - 2:46pm CST

The percentage of adults without health insurance coverage has tumbled by more than 40% in the last three years.

Signs point to rate hikes in public exchanges

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 25, 2016 - 12:20pm CST

An early look at health insurers’ proposed 2017 premium rates shows they trump 2016 final premiums by 16% on average.

Missouri says Aetna-Humana merger is anticompetitive

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published May 25, 2016 - 10:43am CST

Missouri insurance officials have issued a preliminary order against the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., the first state to find a problem with the massive transaction between the giants.

Senate votes to block fiduciary rule enforcement

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 25, 2016 - 9:11am CST

Following the lead of the House of Representatives, the Senate approved legislation to block enforcement of final U.S. Labor Department pension plan fiduciary rules on a largely party-line 56-41 vote Tuesday.

Anthem CEO expects antitrust decision in July

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 24, 2016 - 11:40am CST

(Reuters) — Anthem Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish said on Tuesday the health insurer was pushing for approval from antitrust regulators reviewing its acquisition of Cigna Corp. and expects to hear a decision in July.

Supreme Court kicks Verizon pension derisking back to lower court

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 23, 2016 - 5:12pm CST

Federal appeals court asked to review its earlier decision upholding the 2012 transfer of about $7.5 billion in benefit obligations to Prudential.

Arizona referendum repeals benefit hike for public safety plan participants

By: Meaghan Kilroy, Pensions & Investments

Published May 23, 2016 - 9:36am CST

Arizona voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum to modify pension benefits for existing participants in the $8 billion Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Phoenix.

Clinton proposal would expand Medicare

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Presidential candidate offers few details of "buy-in" plan for younger retirees, leaving employers up in the air.

Contraceptive mandate still in play

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The Supreme Court's decision to send contraceptive mandate challenges back to half a dozen appeals courts create a need to find compromise.

Teamsters' multiemployer pension fund looks to Congress for help

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 20, 2016 - 9:36am CST

Severely underfunded plan seeking government aid, directly or through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., to stave off collapse.

Employers back inclusion of certain ACA provisions in new reform law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 18, 2016 - 2:02pm CST

Pre-exisiting conditions and coverage for employees' children up to age 26 among the keepers, according to an International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans survey.

Americans with health coverage up

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 18, 2016 - 1:25pm CST

The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, dropping for the first time to below 10% in 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Blue Cross insurer sues U.S. for funds owed under health care law

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 18, 2016 - 12:16pm CST

Highmark and its subsidiaries say the federal government failed to pay funds for public health insurance exchange safety net programs.

Contraceptive mandate likely on path back to Supreme Court

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 17, 2016 - 4:45pm CST

A decision not to rule on the contraceptive mandate signals a possible split among the Supreme Court justices, sources say.

Benefit experts welcome clarity of EEOC wellness rules

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 17, 2016 - 4:06pm CST

New rules end years of uncertainty on the incentives employers can offer for participation in group wellness programs.

Insurers dive into ACA's exchanges as big names exit

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published May 17, 2016 - 11:11am CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. are bailing on multiple exchanges that sell individual health insurance. But other companies are willingly, and quietly, taking their place.

It's back to the drawing board for multiemployer pension reform

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published May 16, 2016 - 2:37pm CST

A new multiemployer pension reform law has left pension fund officials uncertain about their options.

EEOC issues final rules on voluntary workplace wellness programs

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 16, 2016 - 12:54pm CST

The rules allow employers to offer limited incentives for employees and spouses who provide health information for wellness programs.

Tardy employers to face spike in PBGC penalties

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 16, 2016 - 12:01pm CST

Employers that are late filing required forms and notices to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. will face sharply higher maximum financial penalties, the agency disclosed.

Supreme Court punts contraceptive mandate back to lower courts

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 16, 2016 - 11:08am CST

Calling for a compromise, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent the so-called contraceptive mandate cases back to the lower courts.

Justice Department will appeal decision in Affordable Care Act case

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published May 16, 2016 - 9:01am CST

The planned appeal follows a federal judge's decision to side with House Republicans against the Obama administration.

Contrasting EEOC rules dial up the complexity of wellness incentive regulations

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Complying with often-conflicting laws that govern wellness programs can be a source of frustration for employers, benefits experts say.

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