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SIIA petitions Supreme Court to review Michigan health claims tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 19, 2014 - 11:37am CST

The Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. has formally petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn an appeals court decision upholding a Michigan law that imposes a 1% tax on paid health care claims.

California health exchange logs 144,178 new enrollees in first month

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 19, 2014 - 11:32am CST

California, which has the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 is far ahead of the enrollment rate during a similar period last year.

Vermont governor dumps statewide universal health care law effort

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 18, 2014 - 10:08am CST

Vermont is abandoning efforts to move to a publicly financed health care system to ensure universal coverage, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday.

More than 700,000 enroll through state insurance exchanges in first month

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published December 18, 2014 - 8:54am CST

Nearly 740,000 people have selected or re-enrolled into a qualified health plan across 13 state based-exchanges, according to state-released estimates.

Nearly 2.5 million enrolled in federal health plan exchange for 2015 to date

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 16, 2014 - 3:05pm CST

Nearly 2.5 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first four weeks of the 2015 open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported Tuesday.

Opioids top comp payers' concerns, but compounded drugs gain scrutiny

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 16, 2014 - 1:54pm CST

While the use of opioids remains a top concern for workers compensation payers, compounded drugs are a leading emerging issue, according to a new survey.

Employers take wait-and-see approach to private health care exchanges

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 16, 2014 - 11:34am CST

While employers' interest in private health insurance exchanges as an alternative health benefits delivery solution remains high, few companies appear willing to be counted among the early adopters, a survey shows.

U.S. corporate health exchanges find no new blue chip clients

Published December 15, 2014 - 10:22am CST

(Reuters) — Companies in the health care sector have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits.

Home Depot cleared to stop paying comp for missing woman unless she reappears

By: Sheena Harrison

Published December 12, 2014 - 4:32pm CST

Home Depot Inc. will not have to continue paying workers compensation benefits for a Maine employee who has been missing since 2012 unless she reappears and appeals for benefits to be reinstated.

Employers vetting private health exchanges more closely: Report

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 12, 2014 - 2:21pm CST

Private health insurance exchanges will continue to draw broad interest from employers in 2015, but new adoptions will likely be limited to benefit programs for certain types of employee groups.

Publicly traded insurers can survive without ACA subsidies: analysts

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published December 11, 2014 - 4:37pm CST

Publicly traded insurers may not feel too much financial pain in the short term if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act premium subsidies offered through the federal exchange and Congress doesn't act to restore the financial assistance, analysts say.

California health insurance exchange enrollment off to strong start

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 10, 2014 - 4:26pm CST

California, the state with the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 is far surpassing the enrollment rate during a similar period last year.

Gilead sued over 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug prices

Published December 10, 2014 - 4:11pm CST

(Reuters) — Philadelphia's transportation authority has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Gilead Sciences Inc. of charging “exorbitant” prices for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

Sign-ups near 1.4 million in federal health insurance exchange

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 10, 2014 - 2:25pm CST

Nearly 1.4 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first three weeks of enrollment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported Wednesday.

Gruber, Tavenner apologize for Obamacare miscues

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published December 09, 2014 - 4:19pm CST

“Inexcusable” was the word of the day on Capitol Hill. Both MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner invoked it to describe their actions during a more than four-hour hearing Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Diversity in hiring can encourage diverse ideas in workplace

By: Matthew Lerner

Published December 09, 2014 - 2:15pm CST

NEW YORK — A sound business case can be made for inclusion and diversity within business organizations, and several insurance industry leaders offered suggestions on how to implement and leverage workplace diversity.

Dental gap: Coverage slips through reform's cracks

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published December 09, 2014 - 11:25am CST

Dental care is a peculiar niche of the U.S. healthcare system. Even though teeth and gums are just as much part of the human body as kidneys or elbows, they are insured differently — a lot differently.

Multiemployer plan fiduciaries must repay $4.7M in phony union expenses

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 08, 2014 - 3:45pm CST

Fiduciaries of a defunct national multiemployer benefit plan based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, are liable for $4.7 million assets improperly diverted to a phony union, a federal judge has ruled.

Employee wellness programs continue to focus on obesity despite lawsuits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Rising obesity-related health care costs are leading some employers to take a firmer approach to workplace wellness programs despite the potential to violate anti-discrimination laws.

Depression in the workplace remains problematic, costs employers billions

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Depression among workers is costing U.S. employers billions, but few companies have devised strategies for effectively reducing the financial and operational effects of depressive illness.

Kent State tries to get the word out on depression-related benefits

By: Matt Dunning

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers are unlikely to succeed in reducing the prevalence of depression and other mental disorders in the workplace without changing employee attitudes on the conditions themselves and the available treatments, experts say.

Business Insurance recognizes its 2014 Women to Watch honorees

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Business Insurance's annual Women to Watch feature recognizes women who are doing outstanding work in commercial insurance, risk and benefits management, and related fields.

Female executives reinforce gender diversity by serving as role models

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published December 07, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Gender diversity in the executive ranks is good for business, research shows.

U.S. health care spending increased modestly in 2013: CMS

By: Jerry Geisel

Published December 03, 2014 - 3:03pm CST

U.S. health care expenditures increased modestly in 2013 as a multiyear trend of low cost growth continued, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday.

Few states move to establish health exchanges despite subsidies' legal peril

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published December 03, 2014 - 8:40am CST

The Democrat-controlled Illinois Legislature appears poised to approve legislation this week establishing a state-based insurance exchange.

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