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HMO-style networks making a comeback?

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 28, 2016 - 4:34pm CST

Employers are waiting to see if limiting employees' medical provider options will trim spending while promoting better outcomes.

Employers not sold on GOP health reform package

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 28, 2016 - 3:51pm CST

A Republican health reform proposal scraps the so-called Cadillac tax, but has an equally objectionable provision, employers say.

Out-of-pocket inpatient hospitalization costs up 37% after ACA passage

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 27, 2016 - 2:52pm CST

Costs were the highest among those enrolled in individual health plans and consumer-directed health plans, a study says.

Pennsylvania Senate rejects pension reform bill

By: Rick Baert, Pensions & Investments

Published June 27, 2016 - 2:05pm CST

The Pennsylvania Senate on June 23 rejected a state House bill that would have created a hybrid retirement plan for new employees participating in the state employees and teachers defined benefit plans.

Another state approves Aetna acquisition of Humana

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 27, 2016 - 11:55am CST

(Reuters) — Illinois has approved Aetna Inc.'s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. provided it is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Health insurer joins stampede to narrow networks

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published June 27, 2016 - 9:08am CST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million.

Will Trump embrace controversial House GOP health proposals?

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published June 27, 2016 - 8:57am CST

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called the proposal “a real plan, in black and white” to “make health care actually affordable.”

The BI Top 10

Published June 24, 2016 - 10:45am CST

Concerns about Berkshire Hathaway comp policies and Disney's struggles after an alligator attack are among the top 10 most read features.

British exit and other politics

Published June 24, 2016 - 8:39am CST

From the British decision to leave the European Union to the latest GOP plan to roll back health care reform, politics take center stage in the Business Insurance week in pictures.

Insurance commissioner urges DOJ to block Aetna-Humana deal

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 23, 2016 - 1:26pm CST

(Reuters) — California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Thursday urged national antitrust regulators to block health insurer Aetna Inc.'s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana Inc.

Analysis suggests Anthem deal could raise health costs

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 23, 2016 - 9:52am CST

The federal government could block the Anthem-Cigna deal if evidence shows it would drive up the cost of health coverage.

Senate Democrats ask DOJ to block health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 22, 2016 - 2:45pm CST

Seven senators argued that the pending Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers would threaten jobs and raise premiums.

GOP plan would eliminate ACA employer mandate, revamp Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

New package lays groundwork for legislative action on President Barack Obama's signature program.

Employer benefit groups back bill allowing larger HSA contributions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 21, 2016 - 3:43pm CST

Effort to raise the limits for employees in high-deductible health plans faces uphill battle in Congress.

Small, midsize employers rethinking wellness offerings

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 21, 2016 - 3:09pm CST

On-site flu vaccines and nurse hotlines giving way to standing desks and other initiatives.

Q&A: Sarah Sossong and Tony James, Massachusetts General Hospital

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published June 19, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The hospital's telehealth director and senior vice president discuss its remote second opinion service and how it changes the benefits dynamic.

Second opinions fan out for improved results

By: Louise Esola

Published June 19, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Services offer more than peace of mind particularly for vexing diagnoses such as back pain and cancer.

Going after value in employee health

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 19, 2016 - 12:01am CST

With accounting tools inadequate to determine the worth of wellness programs, more companies are turning to a new metric: Value of investment.

PBGC outlook brightens but not for multiemployer pensions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 17, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

Agency projects that the deficit in its single-employer insurance program eventually will disappear.

House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 17, 2016 - 10:03am CST

Republicans to issue a plan to replace ACA in preparation to make their move after the presidential election.

The BI Top 10

Published June 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Marsh severance benefits dispute and health savings account business exits are among Business Insurance's top 10 most read features.

California insurance commissioner wants Cigna-Anthem blocked

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 16, 2016 - 1:44pm CST

State concerned premiums will rise if the deal goes through.

House committee approves boost in HSA contributions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 16, 2016 - 11:54am CST

Employees could make bigger contributions to their HSAs, while colleges and universities that don't extend health coverage to student employees would not be exposed to huge penalties, under a pair of bills.

Huge public employee system to raise health premiums 3.2%

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 16, 2016 - 10:13am CST

Premiums for health insurance coverage offered through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System will increase an average of 3.2% in 2017 under a package that has received final approval from the system’s board of administration.

Premium hikes expected on public health insurance exchanges

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 15, 2016 - 2:52pm CST

Based on proposed insurer filings, premiums for popular health plans offered in public exchanges in 14 metropolitan areas will rise by an average of 10%, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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