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Consumer-driven health plans confuse their consumers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 29, 2015 - 8:07am CST

Though enrollment in consumer-driven health plans continues to rise, most employees don't understand the health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, or flexible spending accounts linked to the plans, according to a new report.

Alliance formed to seek repeal of ACA “Cadillac” tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 28, 2015 - 3:53pm CST

A diverse group of two dozen employers, insurers and unions has banded together to form an alliance to convince Congress to repeal the health care reform law’s so-called “Cadillac” tax.

Trucker’s heart attack is compensable

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 28, 2015 - 2:20pm CST

A long-haul truck driver’s heart attack arose out of and in the scope of his employment, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled.

Equality Act seeks to codify LGBT rights, protections nationwide

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 27, 2015 - 3:17pm CST

A new federal civil rights bill banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals could have big implications for employers.

Senate rebuffs GOP's latest health reform repeal effort

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 27, 2015 - 11:30am CST

The latest Republican-led effort to repeal the health care reform law ended in defeat Sunday when the Senate turned back a repeal amendment by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Employer fallout uncertain from Anthem's purchase of Cigna

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 24, 2015 - 2:41pm CST

Anthem Inc.'s purchase of Cigna Corp.—the biggest deal, by far, in the health insurance industry — poses rewards and risks for employers, health care benefits experts say.

Senate GOP to make new effort to repeal health care reform law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 24, 2015 - 11:56am CST

The Senate's top Republican will make a new effort this weekend to win passage of legislation to repeal the health care reform law.

Anthem to buy Cigna for $54 billion

By: Reuters

Published July 24, 2015 - 6:22am CST

Anthem Inc. said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp. in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership.

Pension cuts not on multiemployer plan participants' radar — yet

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 23, 2015 - 3:07pm CST

Few multiemployer pension plan participants are very concerned about a 2014 federal law that opens the door for financially troubled plans to cut benefits in order to stay afloat, according to a new survey.

Group effort helps cut number of early elective births

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 23, 2015 - 2:44pm CST

A group of health care stakeholders has helped reduce the rate of early elective infant deliveries for nonmedical reasons in Illinois to 2% in 2014 from 24% in 2010, the Midwest Business Group on Health said.

Drug agency informants reap millions in federal comp benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2015 - 2:56pm CST

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been using federal workers comp benefits to pay informants for about 40 years without the appropriate oversight, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Business groups urge amendments to health reform law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 21, 2015 - 2:48pm CST

Two dozen business groups are urging federal lawmakers to work together to pass legislation to ease the cost and compliance burdens of the health care reform law.

New Connecticut law protects retirees’ annuity benefits from creditors

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 21, 2015 - 12:56pm CST

The pension benefits earned by Connecticut residents whose employers transfer those liabilities to insurers under corporate pension derisking — programs will be protected from creditors under a new state law.

Worker's widow gets interest on unpaid death benefit

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 21, 2015 - 12:08pm CST

An Arizona worker's widow is owed interest on unpaid death benefits from the time the insurer was notified of the claim until the award was paid, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Dismissal of EEOC wellness lawsuit requested

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 20, 2015 - 3:03pm CST

Flambeau Inc. has asked a federal judge to dismiss the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit over the company's use of health risk assessments and biometric screenings in its wellness program.

Repeal of health reform law through reconciliation looms for GOP

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published July 20, 2015 - 8:46am CST

Congressional Republicans face a loose deadline next Friday to enact a procedure that would set up repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but the process is more likely to play out as political theater than as a threat to the health care law.

Transgender benefits gain attention of employers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

As awareness for transgender issues increases, more employers are including coverage for transition-related health care as a way to foster an inclusive workplace environment while attracting and retaining workers.

Telemedicine risks and how to avoid them

Published July 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Telemedicine is convenient and affordable, but what are the risks associated with it, and how can they be mitigated? We find out in the latest episode of Business Insurance In Focus.

Tailor wellness programs to individual workforces for maximum effect

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

LAS VEGAS — Rising health care costs are front of mind for most employers, but there are several ways to ease the burden.

More early retirees to be covered via insurance exchanges

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers' move to jettison health insurance for pre-Medicare-eligible retirees is certain to accelerate in the wake of last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of premium subsidies for lower-income individuals getting coverage in the state and federal exchanges.

Tweets trip up bragging footballer’s injury claim

Published July 17, 2015 - 2:03pm CST

A semi-pro soccer player in Northwest England is ordered to pay back more than 11,000 ($17,069) after his tweets proved he made a dishonest personal injury claim, according to media reports.

Federal health exchange enrollees have fewer provider options

By: Steven Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare

Published July 17, 2015 - 1:40pm CST

People who purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace had one-third fewer choices in health care providers than those covered by employer plans, according to a new analysis.

New Mexico proposes covering medical pot but not paraphernalia

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 17, 2015 - 11:26am CST

The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration has proposed a rule that would reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana but not for expenses related to associated paraphernalia or personal production.

House approves surplus pension asset transfer bill

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 16, 2015 - 11:43am CST

Legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday would extend by four years a federal law that allows employers to remove surplus assets from overfunded pension plans to pay for retiree health care benefits.

California classifies cheerleaders as pro teams’ employees

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 16, 2015 - 11:28am CST

Professional California cheerleaders are employees entitled to workers compensation benefits as a result of a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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