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Fixing the insurance exchanges

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published August 08, 2016 - 9:43am CST

Many health insurers who ventured into the insurance marketplaces are sending a clear message: We're taking our ball and going home.

Could Trump loss spur ACA deal with Clinton?

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published August 08, 2016 - 9:30am CST

With Donald Trump's presidential campaign faltering, Republican health policy experts are gaming out Plan B for working with Hillary Clinton to achieve conservative health care goals.

Judge sticks with Aetna-Humana merger case, reassigns Anthem-Cigna

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 05, 2016 - 12:03pm CST

Judge John D. Bates says he'll keep Aetna and Humana's case because it “must proceed" before a merger deadline of Dec. 31.

The BI Top 10

Published August 05, 2016 - 10:23am CST

This week's top stories include a big Hartford acquisition and a list of costly drugs that will be denied coverage by the nation's largest PBM.

Judge for U.S. lawsuits to stop health insurer mergers may drop one case

By: Thomson Reuters

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

The judge considering the Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers says it would be difficult to decide both cases by the end of the year.

Benefits Dashboard overview

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:03pm CST

Our guide helps you keep track of the latest developments in employee benefits.

Employer settles $58.5 million in pension liabilities on lump-sum offer

By: Rob Kozlowski, Pensions & Investments

Published August 04, 2016 - 1:54pm CST

Mueller Water Products Inc., Atlanta, settled $58.5 million in U.S. pension plan liabilities as a result of a lump-sum offer to terminated vested participants who have yet to retire, the company announced in an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

PBGC multiemployer pension program could be broke by 2025

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 04, 2016 - 11:09am CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.’s insurance program that partially guarantees benefits promised to multiemployer pension plan participants is projected to become insolvent by 2025, according to the latest government estimates.

Chicago mayor's plan to fix municipal pension fund seeks water, sewer tax

By: Thomson Reuters

Published August 04, 2016 - 9:10am CST

(Reuters) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a plan on Wednesday that he called “an honest approach” to save the city’s biggest retirement system from insolvency with a water and sewer tax to be phased in over five years starting in 2017.

Pending merger costs, public exchanges limit Humana profit

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 03, 2016 - 11:13am CST

Humana Inc.'s net income dropped 27.8% to $311 million in the second quarter of 2016, as costs related to its pending merger with Aetna Inc. and losses stemming from its public health insurance exchange plans squeezed earnings.

Merger-challenged health insurers rethinking public exchanges

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 02, 2016 - 4:52pm CST

Observers question whether blocking health insurer megamergers could reduce public health insurance exchange competition.

More pressing issues, unity may have limited Hillary Clinton's ACA comments

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 02, 2016 - 4:25pm CST

While her health care remarks at the Democratic National Convention were brief, experts say Ms. Clinton's interest hasn't waned.

Aetna scraps exchange expansion, sells Medicare Advantage assets

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 02, 2016 - 11:49am CST

The insurer suffered large losses in health plans sold through public health insurance exchanges.

Why Democrats didn't talk more about health care at their convention

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published August 01, 2016 - 1:55pm CST

No one wanted to talk about the costs, regulations, and other tradeoffs that would be involved in expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Political parties differ widely on health care

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 31, 2016 - 12:01am CST

According to their election platforms, the Democrats and Republicans agree that they would like to change the system established by the Affordable Care Act, but neither party looks to have enough clout to make their changes no matter who wins the presidency.

Elephant in the pool!

Published July 29, 2016 - 8:01am CST

Will the GOP wash away President Barack Obama's signature health care law?

U.S. probes contracts between Eli Lilly and PBMs

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 28, 2016 - 3:49pm CST

Federal prosecutors have sought similar information from several pharmaceutical companies in recent months.

Costs to set up now-halted pension plan top $50 million

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 28, 2016 - 3:13pm CST

Officials spent up to CA$70 million ($53.5 million) preparing a pension plan for Ontario that will never be activated because a subsequent agreement will enhance Canada’s national pension program, according to a newly released estimate.

Catholic health system pension plan ruled subject to ERISA

By: Erica Teichert | Modern Healthcare

Published July 27, 2016 - 9:51am CST

Dignity Health's pension plan must comply with federal rules despite the system's faith-based background, the Ninth Circuit court says.

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.

Health systems ask Supreme Court to rule on 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 the health care reform law.

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.

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