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Health care law reinsurance fee to generate about $10 billion says HHS

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 17, 2015 - 1:40pm CST

A health care reform law-created program that imposes a fee on self-funded employers and other health care plan sponsors is expected to generate enough revenue to partially reimburse insurers — under earlier government set standards — covering those with high health care costs in the individual market, federal regulators say.

Bill would extend Health Coverage Tax Credit

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 17, 2015 - 10:10am CST

Employees who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, as well as retirees in failed pension plans, again would be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate.

EEOC proposes rules for workplace wellness financial incentives

By: Matt Dunning

Published April 16, 2015 - 3:24pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday published a long-awaited set of proposed rules clarifying the agency's stance on the use of financial incentives within workplace wellness programs.

Health care support firm gets OK to fund benefits in its captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 16, 2015 - 3:04pm CST

The U.S. Labor Department has given final authorization to Healthcare Services Group Inc., a Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based provider of management and other services to health care companies, to fund voluntary medical, life and short-term disability benefits through its New Jersey-based captive insurance company.

Congress approves bill to increase cover from malpractice lawsuits

By: Judy Greenwald

Published April 15, 2015 - 3:16pm CST

Health care providers would be protected from Medicare's refusal in certain circumstances to pay charges to be used as a cause of action in medical malpractice lawsuits, under legislation that is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.

Benefits lobbying group targets health care law's excise tax, work week rule

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 15, 2015 - 9:54am CST

Five years after President Obama signed his signature health reform care law, it is time for legislators to consider changes to the law, the head of an employer benefits lobbying group says.

Employees more optimistic about retirement

By: Matt Dunning

Published April 14, 2015 - 3:09pm CST

Fewer employees are planning to delay their retirement due to inadequate savings or other financial issues, according to new survey data released on Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.

Woman unemployed since 1994 denied disability pay

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 13, 2015 - 3:43pm CST

An Ohio woman injured in a slip-and-fall accident at work three decades ago can’t receive workers compensation benefits for continuing injuries because she voluntarily left the workforce in 1994, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Spending on hospital care soars in February

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published April 13, 2015 - 11:07am CST

U.S. health expenditures in February climbed 6.6% compared with the same month last year. A sharp rise in hospital spending was among the primary catalysts.

Deceased injured worker's estate still entitled to comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 10, 2015 - 11:33am CST

The estate of an injured worker who died before a claim for workers compensation benefits could be finalized is entitled to seek those benefits despite the man's death, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled.

Private health insurance exchange enrollment booms

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 08, 2015 - 3:19pm CST

Enrollment in private health insurance exchanges doubled in the last year, with even larger enrollment increases expected during the next few years, according to a new report.

Louisiana weighs closed drug formulary to combat opioid abuse

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published April 08, 2015 - 11:02am CST

A Louisiana bill would implement a closed drug formulary to help combat overutilization of opioids and compounded drugs in the state.

Federal health exchange enrollments outpace states' growth

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 07, 2015 - 1:27pm CST

Enrollment increases in the federal health insurance exchange during the most recent open season far outpaced growth in exchanges run by states, according to a new analysis.

Injured worker's law firm denied fee recoup from comp award

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 03, 2015 - 11:54am CST

A law firm that helped an injured worker recover underpaid workers compensation benefits can't receive legal fees from the claimant's award since it was used to recoup prior benefits the worker had been overpaid, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Axis Capital health unit acquires voluntary benefits provider

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 01, 2015 - 4:41pm CST

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. on Wednesday said its Axis Accident & Health unit has acquired Phoenix-based voluntary benefits provider Ternian Insurance Group L.L.C.

Feds delay health benefit summary requirements

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2015 - 3:07pm CST

The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that it has delayed a deadline for providing new summary of benefits and coverage statements to group health plan members under federal health care reform rules.

Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published March 30, 2015 - 11:11am CST

Los Angeles colorectal surgeon Dr. Allen Kamrava regularly faces financial challenges related to narrow-network health plans.

Retiring Harry Reid vows to keep fighting for his landmark health care law

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published March 30, 2015 - 10:42am CST

Working closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi five years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid achieved a treasured goal that had eluded Democratic leaders since Franklin Delano Roosevelt — enactment of a national health insurance program expanding coverage to most Americans.

UnitedHealth-Catamaran deal sets up healthcare M&A chessboard

Published March 30, 2015 - 9:40am CST

(Reuters) — UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s planned takeover of No. 4 U.S. pharmacy benefits provider Catamaran Corp. will give the companies added heft in price talks with drug companies, serving as a catalyst for deals allowing other insurers to bulk up.

Overlooking high-deductible health plan rule could cost employers

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Recent federal regulatory health care reform law guidance will require many employers with high-deductible health care plans to redesign those plans to reduce claim costs picked up by employees with family coverage.

Corporate wellness programs growing in popularity

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In our latest In Focus video, we take a look at how workplace wellness programs are improving employees' health and helping employers reduce medical costs.

Plastics firm molds on-site clinic to fit corporate, employee needs

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

After just two years, plastics manufacturer Flambeau Inc. says the on-site clinical services it provides to the 500 employees at its plant in Baraboo, Wisconsin, already have had a substantial effect on its overall health care costs.

On-site clinics expanding workplace services in effort to control health costs

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

As they seek methods of controlling medical costs and improving employees’ overall health, many employers are taking a more thoughtful approach to offering on-site and near-site health care services.

Congress tries to kill health care law again

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published March 26, 2015 - 11:11am CST

President Barack Obama on Wednesday remained upbeat and defiant against his health care reform law's naysayers during a White House event to celebrate the controversial law's fifth birthday.

Employers sweetening the wellness pot

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 26, 2015 - 8:16am CST

More employers are offering financial incentives through wellness programs to improve employees' health, while many are boosting the value of those incentives.

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