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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.

Mercer launches health care management portal

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

Mercer L.L.C. said Thursday that it will partner with health care concierge services firm Accolade to launch Mercer Complete Care, a health care engagement and clinical management solution.

Benefits Dashboard overview

Published August 04, 2016 - 2:03pm CST

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

Organic growth slows for agents, brokers in second quarter

By: Judy Greenwald

Published August 04, 2016 - 12:54pm CST

Agent-broker organic revenue growth fell to the lowest level since the second quarter of 2011, a survey shows.

Benefits dashboard

Published August 04, 2016 - 12:31pm CST

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

Claims data nudges firms to fund benefits through captives

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 03, 2016 - 1:42pm CST

Employers say improving claims data was the key driver that led them to fund employee benefit risks through their captive insurers, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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.

San Francisco hikes employer health care fee for 2017

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 03, 2016 - 9:38am CST

Employers with workers in San Francisco will have to pay more next year to comply with the city's health care spending law.

Express Scripts releases list of costly drugs it won't cover for 2017

By: Thomson Reuters

Published August 02, 2016 - 9:37am CST

The list includes 85 drugs, including treatments for arthritis and psoriasis.

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.

Gallagher picks up benefits consultant and broker

By: Rob Lenihan

Published August 01, 2016 - 1:48pm CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said Monday that it has acquired employee benefits consultant and broker Orb Financial Services Ltd. in Surrey, England.

Insurers' counteroffensive touts lower costs, sufficient choice

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 31, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Immediately following the U.S. Justice Department's July decision to fight the billion-dollar mergers of Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., as well as Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., the insurers launched a counterattack.

Health insurer mergers in jeopardy after suit cites competitive concerns

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 31, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The Justice Department's strong objections to merging Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana have left significant doubt about either deal being completed.

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.

Blue Cross offering international health insurance products

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published July 29, 2016 - 9:27am CST

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has launched international private medical insurance products.

Aetna-Humana on again?

Published July 29, 2016 - 9:02am CST

Business Insurance week in pictures starts off with hope for the Aetna-Humana merger and ends with Han Solo's alter ego.

Elephant in the pool!

Published July 29, 2016 - 8:01am CST

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

NBA players union to fund health coverage for retirees

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 28, 2016 - 2:46pm CST

The union for National Basketball Association players will begin funding health insurance for retired athletes who played at least three years in the league.

More employers eye annuities for defined contribution plans

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 28, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

While only a small percentage of employers with defined contribution plans give participants the option to convert their lump-sum benefit into an annuity, that percentage is expected to rise, according to a new survey.

Cigna plans to sell through more health exchanges in 2017

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 27, 2016 - 2:03pm CST

Some insurers are cutting back on public health insurance exchanges, but Cigna hopes to rev up its exchange participation.

Public exchange claims limit profit, but Anthem vows to fight for Cigna merger

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 27, 2016 - 12:26pm CST

The health insurer says it will continue to fight federal antitrust regulators to bring the planned Cigna deal to a close.

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.

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