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Gas utility company gets tentative OK to fund benefits through captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 12, 2016 - 11:17am CST

Laclede Gas Co. on Thursday received tentative authorization from the U.S. Department of Labor to use its South Carolina captive insurer to fund life insurance and long-term disability risks.

California insurance regulators probing Zenefits

By: Thomson Reuters

Published February 12, 2016 - 9:36am CST

On the heels of the resignation of its chief executive, the software company is under investigation by the California Department of Insurance over questions about its business practices.

Centene still waiting for final Health Net approval in California

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published February 11, 2016 - 9:27am CST

Centene Corp. continues to fight for regulatory approval over its Health Net acquisition, and the insurer is banking on a March 1 closing date.

Sanders reaffirms single-payer stance after New Hampshire victory

By: Shannon Muchmore, Modern Healthcare

Published February 10, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his vision of single-payer health care won the night in New Hampshire for Democrats, while Donald Trump, who has shared less about his health care views but once also favored a more centralized insurance system, came in first for the Republican field.

Obama proposes Cadillac tax, PBGC premium changes

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 10, 2016 - 11:50am CST

The Obama administration has proposed amending the health care reform law's unpopular excise tax, but nothing short of a repeal will satisfy employer benefit trade groups.

California health exchange enrollments top previous year

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 08, 2016 - 11:59am CST

California, which has the biggest state-run public health insurance exchange, says the number of people who selected a plan surged in the final days of the 2016 open season.

Employer group continues to press for full repeal of Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 05, 2016 - 12:52pm CST

While an Obama administration proposal to amend the health care reform law's so-called Cadillac tax is a step in the right direction, an employer benefits lobbying group says the tax should still be repealed.

Public health insurance exchange signups hit 12.7 million for 2016

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 04, 2016 - 4:23pm CST

A flurry of signups during the last week of open enrollment helped boost the final tally.

Obama administration to propose changes to Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 04, 2016 - 9:33am CST

The Obama administration's upcoming 2017 federal budget proposal will include changes to the health care reform law's so-called Cadillac tax, administration officials disclosed Wednesday.

Captive experts urge regulators to clarify ExPro process

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 03, 2016 - 2:50pm CST

Though three dozen employers have won approval to fund benefit risks through their captives, there's no simple way to navigate the process.

House vote falls short of overriding Obama's health reform veto

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 03, 2016 - 9:36am CST

Republican leaders are undeterred by the outcome and say they will resume their battle against the Affordable Care Act once a new president is in the Oval Office.

Xerox HR Services president to depart

By: Sophie Baker, Pensions & Investments

Published February 02, 2016 - 4:22pm CST

Fraser Smart, who relocated to New York from London to take on the role two years ago, will be leaving the firm at the end of the month.

Treasury extends Central States application comment period again

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published February 02, 2016 - 4:08pm CST

The Treasury Department reopened for a second time the comment period for the benefit reduction application by the Teamsters Central States, Southeast & Southwest Areas Pension Fund, Rosemont, Illinois.

'Huge potential' for funding employee benefits risks through captives

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 02, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

For certain lines, including group-term life and long-term disability, the cost savings can run 15%-25%.

Did health care policy play a role in the Iowa presidential caucus results?

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published February 02, 2016 - 9:18am CST

It's unclear whether it affected the GOP caucus results, but some observers believe Sen. Sanders' support for single-payer health care helped him energize his supporters in the Democratic race.

The health insurance industry's identity crisis

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published February 01, 2016 - 9:40am CST

Almost six years into the Affordable Care Act and three open enrollments later, health insurers are still trying to figure out how to pivot beyond what was the core of their business for so long.

Private health exchanges see slower growth

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 31, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The two-year delay of the Cadillac tax may take some of the wind out of the sails of private health insurance exchanges, but experts say private exchanges will continue to attract customers.

High court sets March 23 to hear religious nonprofits' oral arguments

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 29, 2016 - 3:37pm CST

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear seven consolidated cases brought by nonprofit religious organizations challenging the so-called contraceptive mandate under the health care reform law on March 23.

Public health exchanges predicted to be fine without UnitedHealth Group

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 29, 2016 - 3:26pm CST

It turns out the insurer isn't a key player in the marketplace and its absence would hardly be felt, should it make good on its threat to exit the public health exchange business next year.

Ted Cruz says health insurance shouldn't come from employers

By: Shannon Muchmore, Modern Healthcare

Published January 29, 2016 - 9:30am CST

The Republican presidential candidate argues that delinking health insurance and employers would prevent people from losing coverage when switching or losing a job.

IRS proposes revised defined benefit plan rules

By: Hazel Bradford, Pensions & Investments

Published January 29, 2016 - 9:14am CST

Sponsors of defined benefit plans closed to new employees were cautiously encouraged by proposed rules Thursday from the IRS that would make it easier to comply with non-discrimination testing.

Federal health exchange enrollment nears 9 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 28, 2016 - 8:43am CST

Enrollment keeps increasing in the federal health insurance exchange and now tops 8.9 million, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report.

Cadillac tax delay may slow private exchange enrollment surge

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 27, 2016 - 1:35pm CST

But, with or without health care reform's unpopular excise tax, enrollment in private health insurance exchanges is on the way up.

Vote to override veto of health reform bill delayed by snowfall

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 27, 2016 - 11:21am CST

Employers and others will have to wait until next week for the outcome of a House of Representatives vote to try to overturn President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that would repeal key provisions of the health care reform law.

Anthem's individual ACA plans hammer 4th-quarter profit

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published January 27, 2016 - 8:41am CST

Individuals who signed up for coverage under Anthem via the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges turned out to be sicker than originally thought.

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