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Replacing health reform law a conundrum for conservatives

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published February 27, 2015 - 9:07am CST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act inspired the usual red-meat rhetoric at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington on Thursday.

Actuaries urge leeway to change health plan rates if subsidies killed

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published February 26, 2015 - 8:53am CST

Health insurance actuaries are pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow plans to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in federally run exchanges.

Fitness enthusiasts help drive wellness program

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 25, 2015 - 11:20am CST

CHICAGO — Zurich North America employees who are interested in fitness have served as “wellness champions” in the company's wellness program, helping to engage other Zurich employees and boost participation in the company's health initiatives, says Sarah Staggs, head of benefits for Zurich.

Anthem hack affected millions of noncustomers

Published February 25, 2015 - 9:20am CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Anthem Inc., which earlier this month reported that it was hit by a massive cyber breach, said on Tuesday that 8.8 million to 18.8 million people who were members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans could be victims in the attack.

Chief justice could again swing health reform case in government's favor

Published February 24, 2015 - 9:22am CST

(Reuters) — Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama's signature health care reform, and as the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter it, a review of Justice Roberts' recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.

Legally married same-sex couples receive family leave in all states

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 24, 2015 - 9:01am CST

Employees in same-sex marriages — regardless of where they live — will have the same rights to benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act as other employees under a new U.S. Labor Department rule.

Aetna customers gain access to metabolic syndrome prevention tool

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 19, 2015 - 2:52pm CST

Toronto-based personalized health company Newtopia Inc. will begin offering a health engagement platform targeting the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome to health benefits provider Aetna Inc.’s corporate customers and their employees.

Enrollment soars in federal health exchange

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 18, 2015 - 2:01pm CST

Nearly 8.6 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

California exchange enrollment topping 1.4 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 18, 2015 - 10:39am CST

As the 2015 open season comes to an end, California, which has the biggest state-run public health insurance exchange, says enrollment is surging.

Health care exchange sign-ups surge

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 18, 2015 - 10:36am CST

About 11.4 million Americans signed up for health care plans in federal and state-run exchanges during the 2015 open season, a 70% increase compared with actual exchange enrollment last year just prior to the 2015 sign-up period.

CVS warns new cholesterol drugs could break the health care bank

Published February 17, 2015 - 2:15pm CST

(Reuters) — CVS Health on Monday warned that costs of a potent new class of cholesterol treatments and other specialty drugs in development could eclipse those of expensive new medicines and overwhelm the health care system.

More than 10 million enroll in health coverage, avoiding tax penalty

By: Paul Demko and Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published February 17, 2015 - 9:29am CST

At the main public library in downtown Washington, Anthony Cook, 33, who runs a startup dog-walking business, signed up for a health plan Friday through the D.C. exchange, less than 72 hours before the Feb. 15 open-enrollment deadline.

Anthem data breach will raise scrutiny of health organizations' cyber risks

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 15, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Underwriters are expected to intensify their scrutiny of cyber risks within health care organizations as a result of the massive data breach affecting Anthem Inc., but competition and capacity could limit premium increases.

Business Insurance accepting nominations for Benefit Manager of the Year®

Published February 15, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Outstanding benefit managers can make a huge difference in their organizations' financial success and the welfare of employees, which is why top benefits staff members should be recognized.

Religious groups must comply with contraception mandate, court rules

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 13, 2015 - 3:45pm CST

Religious colleges and charities are not totally exempt from the health care reform law’s provision requiring employers to provide cost-free coverage for contraceptives and other preventive health services, a federal appeals court has ruled.

New California health exchange enrollees top 350,000

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 12, 2015 - 4:35pm CST

California, which has the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 continues to jump.

Workers comp only for distressed nurse after accidental HIV needle stick

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 12, 2015 - 12:01pm CST

Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for a health care worker who said her employer subjected her to emotional distress by inquiring about work absences after she was injured on the job, a federal judge has ruled.

Coverys launches excess and surplus underwriter

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 11, 2015 - 3:05pm CST

Medical professional liability insurer Coverys has formed an excess and surplus lines underwriting company, the Boston-based firm said Wednesday.

Federal health exchange enrollment tops 7.7 million

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 11, 2015 - 3:00pm CST

Just over 7.7 million individuals signed up for health insurance plans through the federal exchange during the first 12 weeks of the 2015 open enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

Supreme Court case affects millions of health exchange enrollees

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 11, 2015 - 12:21pm CST

The latest government public health insurance exchange enrollment figures underscore the impact an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the legality of federal premium subsidies could have on reducing the number of Americans without health insurance.

Obama slams Staples on health care

Published February 11, 2015 - 10:47am CST

(Reuters) — President Barack Obama singled out Staples Inc. as undercutting his health reform law and said corporations should not use the health insurance issue as an excuse for cutting wages.

GOP reform plan rolls back Cadillac tax to woo conservatives

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published February 10, 2015 - 11:09am CST

Congressional Republican leaders are hoping to rally their colleagues behind a new repeal-and-replace package for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Captive insurers can hold down group health costs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 06, 2015 - 3:08pm CST

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Employers looking to hold down group health care plan increases should consider turning to their captive insurers.

Anthem hack investigated by U.S. states amid possible links to China

Published February 06, 2015 - 9:55am CST

(Reuters) — Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyber attack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China.

Cigna profit beats Street on higher premium revenue

Published February 05, 2015 - 11:53am CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Cigna Corp. reported a better-than-expected quarterly adjusted profit from operations, driven by increased premium revenue and improved management of medical costs.

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