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PPOs still No. 1, but high-deductible health plans a close second

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 03, 2016 - 8:00am CST

More than one-third of employees at midsize companies opt for high-deductible health plans over traditional coverage options, according to a study released Tuesday.

Professional liability coverage to focus on pain management specialists

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published May 02, 2016 - 2:48pm CST

Anesthesia Business Consultants L.L.C. said on Monday that it will offer professional liability coverage and related services.

Ruling allowing disability payments after return to work could boost rates

By: Donna Mahoney

Published May 02, 2016 - 1:24pm CST

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling in April that deemed it unconstitutional for employers to suspend workers compensation benefits for employees who went back to work after experiencing a work injury could make workers comp rates increase.

COLA clashes in spotlight as public plans, participants tussle

By: Robert Steyer, Pensions & Investments

Published May 02, 2016 - 1:12pm CST

Through legislation and regulation, public pension plans are reforming their cost-of-living-adjustment rules, which often ignites legal clashes with employees and retirees.

Express Scripts plans fiercer fight against sudden drug price hikes

By: Thomson Reuters

Published April 29, 2016 - 11:50am CST

The pharmacy benefit manager plans to introduce several benefit programs aimed at fighting high drug costs, its chief medical officer said.

Week in pictures

Published April 29, 2016 - 11:49am CST

The Business Insurance week in pictures is an eclectic mix led by a potential Liberty Mutual move to cut costs.

IRS sets 2017 HSA contribution limits

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 28, 2016 - 2:33pm CST

The maximum contributions that can be made to health savings accounts in 2017 will increase $50 for individuals, but remain unchanged for families.

Cost of common health care procedures vary widely by locale

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 28, 2016 - 2:10pm CST

The cost of more than 200 health care procedures, such as knee replacements and pregnancy ultrasound tests, varies enormously by geography, according to a new study

Employers can take steps to improve employee cancer treatment

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 28, 2016 - 1:53pm CST

The New York-based Northeast Business Group on Health this week released a report that aims to help employers navigate the costly realm of employee cancer care, while also ensuring employees with a cancer diagnosis receive quality care.

Religious nonprofits, government still far apart on contraceptive mandate

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 27, 2016 - 12:59pm CST

A compromise between the government and religious nonprofits over the contraceptive mandate in President Obama's health care law looks a long way off.

Anthem looks to Cigna acquisition, exchange business, drug pricing litigation

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 27, 2016 - 12:49pm CST

Anthem Inc. said its net income plummeted 18.7% in the first quarter, as investment losses squeezed its bottom line despite gains in membership.

Checkup rates the same for exchange and employer-provided health coverage

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 27, 2016 - 12:09pm CST

Routine medical checkups are at the same rate for exchange and employer-provided health coverages, according to a new survey.

Express Scripts CEO open to drug pricing talks with Anthem — within reason

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 26, 2016 - 2:43pm CST

Still, the company's top executive said he is “confident” in Express Scripts' $15 billion lawsuit against insurer Anthem.

Widow wins benefits almost six years after husband's death on job

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 26, 2016 - 11:54am CST

The widow of a worker who suffered a heart attack on the job is due workers comp and death benefits, a New York court ruled.

Health insurer execs reap massive rewards in deal-heavy 2015

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published April 26, 2016 - 10:46am CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO Stephen Hemsley earned $14.5 million in 2015, according to a filing Friday, but he wasn't the top-earning health insurance executive.

Ruling on cost-sharing subsidies could rattle insurers in midst of rate-setting

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published April 25, 2016 - 9:20am CST

Another bombshell could soon drop on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange market at a highly vulnerable moment for the health care reform law.

UnitedHealth's exit won't kill ACA exchanges

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 24, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Although UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s withdrawal from public health insurance exchanges in all but a “handful” of states will reduce competition, its exit doesn't spell doom for the future of the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Week in pictures

Published April 22, 2016 - 9:36am CST

The earth moved, the water rained, hail fell and class-action deals piled up in the Business Insurance week in pictures.

Anthem subsidiary joins with local health system to form regional insurer

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 20, 2016 - 2:26pm CST

A Wisconsin unit of health insurer Anthem Inc. and Milwaukee-based health system Aurora Health Care say they are partnering to form a health insurer that will market plans to large and medium-size employers.

Legislation would limit use of PBGC premium hikes

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 20, 2016 - 12:51pm CST

Pension plan sponsors have complained about increasing premiums they pay to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

Will UnitedHealth's exit lead exodus from public exchanges?

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 20, 2016 - 10:51am CST

Little effect on premiums or coverage availability seen as analysts don't expect other insurers to follow suit.

Employer lobbying group maintains drumbeat for Cadillac tax repeal

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 15, 2016 - 8:31am CST

An assumption that the health care reform law's excise tax will raise billions of dollars in new federal revenues is flawed, the group says.

Employers hope to dump ACA's excise tax, employer mandate

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 14, 2016 - 2:03pm CST

Repealing the Cadillac tax is at the top of an employer “wish list” for health care reform, Mercer says.

Opposing sides in Supreme Court ACA contraception case suggest compromise

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published April 14, 2016 - 9:36am CST

A deal could be within reach for religious not-for-profits that object to providing contraception coverage.

Shopping around annually in federal health care exchange can pay off

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 13, 2016 - 12:21pm CST

Individuals who enrolled in federal health exchange plans saved, on average, more than $500 than if they had stayed in their current plan.

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