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Merger momentum hits a brick wall

Published July 22, 2016 - 1:04pm CST

Are health insurers' merger dreams at a dead end?

S&P puts Humana, Aetna under review after merger lawsuit

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 22, 2016 - 12:45pm CST

“We believe a deal termination would likely have a negative impact on Humana's credit profile," S&P said in a report Friday.

Stakeholders, pundits laud litigation to halt health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

The American Medical Association applauded the suit, saying allowing the insurers to merge would harm patients and the entire health care industry.

Rewards could help wellness program participation

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 20, 2016 - 4:45pm CST

Nearly all employees will engage in healthy activities in exchange for a reward, a study says.

California health exchange to see double-digit rate hike in 2017

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 20, 2016 - 2:35pm CST

Health insurance plan rates will rise an average of 13.2% next year in California’s health insurance exchange, more than triple the increases of prior years, state officials announced.

Help for states struggling with opioid abuse

Published July 20, 2016 - 3:15am CST

These states have the highest drug mortality rates, according to recent data released by the White House.

Harley-Davidson's ramped-up worker safety program pays off

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:22am CST

The firm had a poor health and safety record for many years, but turned that around with a major safety overhaul.

GOP platform holds back on health policies except in social issues

By: Shannon Muchmore, Modern Healthcare

Published July 20, 2016 - 10:13am CST

The Republican platform released at the 2016 convention is strongly conservative on social issues related to health care and contains few new ideas.

Starbucks move furthers private health insurance exchanges

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 4:48pm CST

The coffee chain plans to serve up health care coverage for its employees through an Aon Hewitt insurance exchange.

Health insurers ready to fight merger challenge on competition grounds

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 19, 2016 - 4:12pm CST

Regulators worry that megamergers between Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna, would harm health insurance customers.

Medicaid expansion in holdout states would insure millions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 3:33pm CST

If the remaining 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid do so next year, millions of uninsured individuals would gain coverage, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

Employers look to public exchanges for pre-Medicare retiree benefits

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 2:06pm CST

Amid continuing cost increases, a sizeable majority of employers offering health care coverage to pre-Medicare-eligible retirees expect to change those plans, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Census Bureau to release uninsured report Sept. 13

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 19, 2016 - 8:06am CST

The Census Bureau's annual report is expected to highlight how much health insurance coverage has expanded due to the health care reform law.

Starbucks to offer health benefits through Aon Hewitt exchange

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 18, 2016 - 2:50pm CST

Starbucks has signed up with Aon Hewitt to offer an increased number of health insurance plans through Aon Hewitt's private exchange.

Antitrust ruling on big mergers expected soon

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

A U.S. Justice Department decision on the proposed mergers of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., could come as soon as this week.

Bill would enhance attractions of FSAs, HSAs

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Employers are cheering legislation that would restore employees' ability to use their FSAs and HSAs for over-the-counter medications.

Proposal adds twist to health plan opt out rules

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Proposed IRS regulations that could penalize employers offering financial incentives to certain employees to opt out of company-provided health insurance plans also would shield employers from a health reform law affordability penalty in some cases.

Willis Towers Watson reveals revenue for business segments

By: Rob Lenihan

Published July 15, 2016 - 1:12pm CST

Benefits and human capital consulting are the largest segments of Willis Towers Watson's business, according to an SEC filing.

More voters with Hillary on health care

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 15, 2016 - 12:26pm CST

When it comes to presidential candidates, a survey shows voters that feel Hillary Clinton best represents their views on health care.

The BI Top 10

Published July 15, 2016 - 10:51am CST

A health care insurer shutdown and soon-to-come decisions over health insurer mergers are among our most read features.

Bastille Day attack

Published July 15, 2016 - 12:01am CST

An attack by a truck driver during Bastille Day celebrations in France that has killed 84 leads the Business Insurance week in pictures.

HHS offers advice for health care industry to guard against malware

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 14, 2016 - 1:45pm CST

The federal agency has issued guidance on how hospitals and medical practices can deal with the issue of ransomware.

Telemedicine firms raise $61 million in latest financing rounds

By: Erica Teichert, Modern Healthcare

Published July 14, 2016 - 8:25am CST

Teladoc and Avizia have secured new financing to support innovation and growth in a booming telemedicine industry.

Employment-based health coverage remains steady

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 13, 2016 - 1:39pm CST

Contrary to early predictions, the percentage of employees with health care coverage remained steady after the ACA took effect.

State health care exchange to fold after 3-year run

By: Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business

Published July 13, 2016 - 10:27am CST

Land of Lincoln Health, an Illinois insurer that launched to bring competition to the online exchange, suffered big financial losses.

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