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Cadillac tax driving private health insurance exchange enrollment

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 29, 2015 - 3:55pm CST

LAS VEGAS — Several factors are driving employers to private health insurance exchanges, one of the biggest being the 40% excise tax on high cost health care plans set to go into effect in 2018, said Jay Kirschbaum, St. Louis-based senior vice president and practice leader in Willis North America Inc.'s national legal and research group.

Obama signs health coverage tax credit measure into law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 29, 2015 - 1:03pm CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed will again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama.

Same-sex marriage: Reactions to the ruling

Published June 26, 2015 - 4:54pm CST

News of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Friday that state laws barring same-sex couples from legally marrying violate their rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution elicited an array of emotional responses.

5 years of health care reform

Published June 26, 2015 - 4:42pm CST

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding federal health premium subsidies to millions of lower-income individuals obtaining coverage in the federal exchange is just one of many key health care reform law developments.

Employers urged to turn their attention to health reform law compliance

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 26, 2015 - 3:52pm CST

CHICAGO — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold premium subsidies for health insurance obtained through both federal and state exchanges, employers should turn their focus to the health reform law’s extensive reporting requirements, benefits experts agreed.

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 26, 2015 - 2:45pm CST

The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage could prompt some employers to drop health care and retirement benefits for their employees' domestic partners, experts say.

Hormel gets final OK to fund benefits in captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 26, 2015 - 1:54pm CST

Hormel Foods Corp. received final U.S. Labor Department authorization Friday to fund several employee benefit risks through its Vermont captive insurer.

Same-sex marriage: The ruling

Published June 26, 2015 - 1:46pm CST

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 that the right to marry is constitutionally protected, regardless of whether the couple is a man and a women or two men or two women.

Week in pictures

Published June 26, 2015 - 10:41am CST

From key Supreme Court rulings and Anthem's relentless pursuit of Cigna to the latest spate of violent weather and the Benefits Manager of the Year®, it's been a full week at Business Insurance.

Business groups call for repeal of Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 26, 2015 - 10:29am CST

Business groups are calling on congressional leaders to repeal a health care reform law provision that will impose a hefty federal excise tax on high cost health care plans.

High court upholds same-sex marriage rights

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 26, 2015 - 9:49am CST

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declared that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same spousal rights and benefits as opposite-sex couples.

Congress renews health coverage tax credit

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 26, 2015 - 9:35am CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed will again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation given final congressional approval.

Obama hails Supreme Court health law ruling as 'victory' for Americans

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 25, 2015 - 4:50pm CST

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the legality of IRS rules providing federal premium subsidies to those obtaining coverage in the federal health insurance exchange is a “victory” for millions of Americans, President Obama said.

Health exchange premium subsidies win the day

Published June 25, 2015 - 2:09pm CST

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in King v. Burwell that premium subsidies authorized by the Affordable Care Act apply to health insurance bought through both state and federal exchanges.

Senate passes bill containing health coverage tax credit

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 25, 2015 - 1:50pm CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed would again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation approved by the Senate.

Ruling upholding federal exchange subsidies brings employer certainty

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 25, 2015 - 12:47pm CST

Employers welcomed Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding 2012 IRS rules that have enabled millions of uninsured people to obtain federal premium subsidies to buy health insurance in the federal exchange.

Health care reform ruling a huge victory for Obama

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 25, 2015 - 10:03am CST

In a huge victory for the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld 2012 IRS rules authorizing federal premium subsidies for the millions of low-income uninsured individuals obtaining coverage in the federal health insurance exchange.

Supreme Court upholds key health reform insurance subsidies

Published June 25, 2015 - 9:22am CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, handing a major victory to the president.

Democrats vow action if Supreme Court rejects part of health reform law

Published June 24, 2015 - 9:14am CST

(Reuters) — Democrats were prepared to quickly come up with a legislative solution should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in the next few days to invalidate a central part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Religious employers lose contraceptive coverage case

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 23, 2015 - 4:00pm CST

Another federal appeals court has ruled that religious colleges and charities are not wholly exempt from the health care reform law's so-called “contraceptive mandate.”

Illinois bill delaying Chicago school pension payment advances

Published June 23, 2015 - 1:49pm CST

(Reuters) — An Illinois House committee Tuesday approved a bill that would give the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools an extra 40 days to make a $634 million payment to its pension fund.

Crawford & Co.'s Bonnie Sawdey named Benefit Manager of the Year®

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In the latest episode of In Focus, we talk to Business Insurance's 2015 Benefit Manager of the Year®, Bonnie Sawdey, vice president of human resources at Atlanta-based Crawford & Co.

Insurers getting boost in health reform-related reimbursements

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 19, 2015 - 1:36pm CST

Aided by a better-than-expected claims experience, federal regulators are boosting reimbursements provided to insurers under a program created by the health care reform law.

Employer group wants new health out-of-pocket expense rule scrapped

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 19, 2015 - 12:10pm CST

The ERISA Industry Committee is asking regulators to withdraw a recent “clarification” of health reform law rules that place new limits on how much in out-of-pocket expenses employers with high-deductible plans can require employees to pick up.

House OKs bill to repeal medical device tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 18, 2015 - 2:39pm CST

The House of Representatives Thursday approved legislation that would repeal a health care reform law provision that imposes a 2.3% federal excise tax on manufacturers of medical devices.

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