Login  |  Register Subscribe

×

Current Issue

Subscriber only, premium content. Saturday, July 4


Health Care Benefits Subscribe to RSS feed for 'Health Care Benefits'

Employers interested in moving retirees to public exchanges, Mercer says

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 02, 2015 - 11:36am CST

Nearly half — 45% — of employers that offer health care coverage to pre-Medicare eligible retirees say they are considering or already have begun directing the retirees to public exchanges, according to a new Mercer L.L.C. survey.

Telemedicine gaining acceptance

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 02, 2015 - 11:00am CST

LAS VEGAS — On-site health care clinics that treat employees' medical issues on the spot along with providing preventive care have proven a valuable investment for some employers, but they aren't financially feasible for small companies.

Medical professional liability insurer acquires health care consultant

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 01, 2015 - 12:36pm CST

Coverys’ has invested in Archway Health Advisors and now holds an ownership position in the company, the Boston-based medical professional liability insurer said Wednesday.

Insurers to get almost $8 billion in health care reform reimbursements

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 01, 2015 - 10:52am CST

The federal government will pay out nearly $8 billion in claims reimbursements to 437 health insurers under a reinsurance program created by the health care reform law.

Employers look to private exchanges to control health costs

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 01, 2015 - 9:41am CST

LAS VEGAS — The 40% excise tax on high-cost health care plans set to go into effect in 2018 is driving employer interest in private health insurance exchanges as a way to control costs and avoid the tax.

Marijuana ruled 'reasonable and necessary' for injured worker's pain relief

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 30, 2015 - 12:09pm CST

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has again ruled that medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” for an injured worker.

Most employers offer wellness programs, survey shows

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 30, 2015 - 9:31am CST

LAS VEGAS — Research from the Society for Human Resource Management Inc. shows employers are turning to chronic disease management programs, fitness classes and even massages to combat rising health care costs.

Who controls the data? Supreme Court to hear health care case

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published June 30, 2015 - 8:22am CST

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next term on whether a self-funded employer should have to turn over certain information to the state of Vermont — a case that could have far-reaching implications.

Cadillac tax driving private health insurance exchange enrollment

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 29, 2015 - 3:55pm CST

LAS VEGAS — Several factors are driving employers to private health insurance exchanges, one of the biggest being the 40% excise tax on high cost health care plans set to go into effect in 2018.

Obama signs health coverage tax credit measure into law

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 29, 2015 - 1:03pm CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed will again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama.

E-cigarette actions still evolving

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

As employers try to rid the workplace of tobacco products, many are including electronic cigarettes and other vapor-based nicotine delivery systems.

Employers move to keep profit from going up in smoke

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers are taking a tougher stance on curbing employee smoking.

Reducing workplace obesity gains steam with overall wellness focus

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Tackling obesity and weight-related health issues can improve a company's bottom line, but it takes more than a short-lived fitness program to see real results.

Respect legal and privacy boundaries when setting up obesity programs

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers seeking to address obesity at work should take care not to violate discrimination laws or employee privacy rights.

Redefining the value of wellness

By: Karen Pallarito

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Employers have long used return on investment to demonstrate how much a dollar spent on workplace wellness saves on medical costs, but the results often are disappointing because ROI fails to capture the broader effect of employee health interventions on the overall business.

How wellness programs benefit business tough to determine

By: Karen Pallarito

Published June 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Value on investment is a hot buzzword in wellness, but are businesses embracing it?

5 years of health care reform

Published June 26, 2015 - 4:42pm CST

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding federal health premium subsidies to millions of lower-income individuals obtaining coverage in the federal exchange is just one of many key health care reform law developments.

Employers urged to turn their attention to health reform law compliance

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 26, 2015 - 3:52pm CST

CHICAGO — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold premium subsidies for health insurance obtained through both federal and state exchanges, employers should turn their focus to the health reform law’s extensive reporting requirements, benefits experts agreed.

Domestic partner benefits could change in wake of same-sex ruling

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 26, 2015 - 2:45pm CST

The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage could prompt some employers to drop health care and retirement benefits for their employees' domestic partners, experts say.

Same-sex marriage: The ruling

Published June 26, 2015 - 1:46pm CST

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 that the right to marry is constitutionally protected, regardless of whether the couple is a man and a women or two men or two women.

Week in pictures

Published June 26, 2015 - 10:41am CST

From key Supreme Court rulings and Anthem's relentless pursuit of Cigna to the latest spate of violent weather and the Benefits Manager of the Year®, it's been a full week at Business Insurance.

Business groups call for repeal of Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 26, 2015 - 10:29am CST

Business groups are calling on congressional leaders to repeal a health care reform law provision that will impose a hefty federal excise tax on high cost health care plans.

High court upholds same-sex marriage rights

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 26, 2015 - 9:49am CST

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declared that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same spousal rights and benefits as opposite-sex couples.

Congress renews health coverage tax credit

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 26, 2015 - 9:35am CST

Employees who lose their jobs due to foreign competition or worked for companies whose pension plans failed will again be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation given final congressional approval.

Obama hails Supreme Court health law ruling as 'victory' for Americans

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 25, 2015 - 4:50pm CST

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the legality of IRS rules providing federal premium subsidies to those obtaining coverage in the federal health insurance exchange is a “victory” for millions of Americans, President Obama said.

More »