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Cigna deal wins approval from Anthem's home state

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 26, 2016 - 12:37pm CST

Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem Inc. on Thursday said the Indiana Department of Insurance greenlit its pending merger with Cigna Corp.

Hospital agrees to funnel millions into pension plan to settle litigation

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published May 25, 2016 - 4:39pm CST

Another hospital has agreed to settle for $107 million in what's become a growing list of cases over whether faith-based health systems have to follow federal rules meant to protect employee pensions.

Uninsured rate hits single-digit milestone

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 25, 2016 - 2:46pm CST

The percentage of adults without health insurance coverage has tumbled by more than 40% in the last three years.

Signs point to rate hikes in public exchanges

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 25, 2016 - 12:20pm CST

An early look at health insurers’ proposed 2017 premium rates shows they trump 2016 final premiums by 16% on average.

Missouri says Aetna-Humana merger is anticompetitive

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published May 25, 2016 - 10:43am CST

Missouri insurance officials have issued a preliminary order against the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., the first state to find a problem with the massive transaction between the giants.

Health insurance cost increases slow, no thanks to prescription drugs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 24, 2016 - 3:36pm CST

“Milliman Medical Index” says the total cost of coverage rose 4.7% this year, the smallest increase since the consultant began keeping track in 2001.

Anthem CEO expects antitrust decision in July

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 24, 2016 - 11:40am CST

(Reuters) — Anthem Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish said on Tuesday the health insurer was pushing for approval from antitrust regulators reviewing its acquisition of Cigna Corp. and expects to hear a decision in July.

Family of four health insurance tops $25,000 a year in costs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 24, 2016 - 10:00am CST

The cost of family coverage offered through employers' health plans is expected to rise only modestly this year, but that still will push the average cost past $25,000, Milliman Inc. said Tuesday.

Behind-the-scenes squabbles between Anthem, Cigna

By: Modern Healthcare

Published May 23, 2016 - 9:06am CST

Squabbles have apparently flared up behind the scenes in the proposed $53 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp.

Clinton proposal would expand Medicare

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Presidential candidate offers few details of "buy-in" plan for younger retirees, leaving employers up in the air.

Contraceptive mandate still in play

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

The Supreme Court's decision to send contraceptive mandate challenges back to half a dozen appeals courts create a need to find compromise.

Pelvic mesh maker claims women were lured into needless surgeries

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 20, 2016 - 3:01pm CST

(Reuters) — American Medical Systems, a major defendant in litigation over controversial vaginal mesh devices, is accusing “a pyramid of businessmen, doctors and lawyers” of luring women into unwarranted surgeries to remove the implants and inflate their damages claims.

Employers increasingly buy into workplace well-being

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 19, 2016 - 4:21pm CST

Sixty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to build a workplace culture that promotes employee well-being by 2018, according to a Willis Towers Watson study.

Lockton acquires benefits consulting firm

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published May 19, 2016 - 2:04pm CST

Connecticut-based Outland Consultants to work closely with Lockton's employee benefits private equity and corporate acquisitions practice team.

State prescription drug monitoring program hits a dead end

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published May 18, 2016 - 3:09pm CST

Missouri heads back to the drawing board on creating a program that could help prevent addiction and misuse of controlled substances.

Employers back inclusion of certain ACA provisions in new reform law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 18, 2016 - 2:02pm CST

Pre-exisiting conditions and coverage for employees' children up to age 26 among the keepers, according to an International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans survey.

Americans with health coverage up

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 18, 2016 - 1:25pm CST

The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, dropping for the first time to below 10% in 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Contraceptive mandate likely on path back to Supreme Court

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 17, 2016 - 4:45pm CST

A decision not to rule on the contraceptive mandate signals a possible split among the Supreme Court justices, sources say.

Insurers dive into ACA's exchanges as big names exit

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published May 17, 2016 - 11:11am CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. are bailing on multiple exchanges that sell individual health insurance. But other companies are willingly, and quietly, taking their place.

EEOC issues final rules on voluntary workplace wellness programs

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 16, 2016 - 12:54pm CST

The rules allow employers to offer limited incentives for employees and spouses who provide health information for wellness programs.

Justice Department will appeal decision in Affordable Care Act case

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published May 16, 2016 - 9:01am CST

The planned appeal follows a federal judge's decision to side with House Republicans against the Obama administration.

Wearables for wellness fit right in

By: Karen Pallarito

Published May 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Many employers are embedding wearable fitness-tracking devices in workplace wellness programs.

Employers look to wellness coaches to create, maintain healthy workforce

By: Louise Esola

Published May 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Employers are changing their views about health and lifestyle coaching as part of a wellness program.

Contrasting EEOC rules dial up the complexity of wellness incentive regulations

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Complying with often-conflicting laws that govern wellness programs can be a source of frustration for employers, benefits experts say.

Psychiatry groups' lawsuit over low Anthem reimbursements nixed

By: Shelby Livingston

Published May 13, 2016 - 4:35pm CST

Providers can't sue Anthem health insurers for reimbursing mental health treatments at a lower rate than other services.

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