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Out-of-pocket inpatient hospitalization costs up 37% after ACA passage

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 27, 2016 - 2:52pm CST

Costs were the highest among those enrolled in individual health plans and consumer-directed health plans, a study says.

Pennsylvania Senate rejects pension reform bill

By: Rick Baert, Pensions & Investments

Published June 27, 2016 - 2:05pm CST

The Pennsylvania Senate on June 23 rejected a state House bill that would have created a hybrid retirement plan for new employees participating in the state employees and teachers defined benefit plans.

Another state approves Aetna acquisition of Humana

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 27, 2016 - 11:55am CST

(Reuters) — Illinois has approved Aetna Inc.'s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. provided it is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Health insurer joins stampede to narrow networks

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published June 27, 2016 - 9:08am CST

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million.

Will Trump embrace controversial House GOP health proposals?

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published June 27, 2016 - 8:57am CST

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called the proposal “a real plan, in black and white” to “make health care actually affordable.”

Co-op joins insurers suing U.S. over ACA reimbursements

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 24, 2016 - 12:09pm CST

Land of Lincoln has become the latest health insurer to sue the U.S. over funds owed under the health care law.

The BI Top 10

Published June 24, 2016 - 10:45am CST

Concerns about Berkshire Hathaway comp policies and Disney's struggles after an alligator attack are among the top 10 most read features.

New investment advice rules stand as veto override falls short

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 23, 2016 - 9:32am CST

House Republicans have failed — by a wide margin — to overturn President Barack Obama's earlier veto of legislation to block enforcement of final U.S. Labor Department pension plan fiduciary rules.

GOP plan would eliminate ACA employer mandate, revamp Cadillac tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

New package lays groundwork for legislative action on President Barack Obama's signature program.

National pension enhancements derail Ontario plans

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published June 21, 2016 - 1:55pm CST

Just this month, province had adopted defined benefit plan that would have covered employees that didn't have a plan through work.

California agency backs Aetna-Humana merger

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 20, 2016 - 2:27pm CST

Department of Managed Health Care gives green light to planned $37 billion deal.

MassMutual settles 401(k) suit with employees for $31 million

By: Greg Iacurci, InvestmentNews

Published June 20, 2016 - 10:54am CST

Lawsuits charged insurer with charging excessive fees in its own retirement program.

Antitrust regulators worry about Cigna-Anthem merger

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 20, 2016 - 9:51am CST

Justice Department reportedly isn't sure the companies can offer enough concessions to maintain competition in the industry.

PBGC outlook brightens but not for multiemployer pensions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 17, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

Agency projects that the deficit in its single-employer insurance program eventually will disappear.

House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 17, 2016 - 10:03am CST

Republicans to issue a plan to replace ACA in preparation to make their move after the presidential election.

California insurance commissioner wants Cigna-Anthem blocked

By: Thomson Reuters

Published June 16, 2016 - 1:44pm CST

State concerned premiums will rise if the deal goes through.

House committee approves boost in HSA contributions

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 16, 2016 - 11:54am CST

Employees could make bigger contributions to their HSAs, while colleges and universities that don't extend health coverage to student employees would not be exposed to huge penalties, under a pair of bills.

Huge public employee system to raise health premiums 3.2%

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 16, 2016 - 10:13am CST

Premiums for health insurance coverage offered through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System will increase an average of 3.2% in 2017 under a package that has received final approval from the system’s board of administration.

FTC loss in merger case could spur more hospital deals

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published June 15, 2016 - 10:02am CST

In second straight loss for agency, a federal judge refuses to stop a merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

ACA repeal would cause uninsured rate to spike

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 14, 2016 - 4:58pm CST

A repeal could mean a return to the "bad old days in terms of the uninsured rate," an expert says.

FTC loses bid to block Advocate, NorthShore merger

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published June 14, 2016 - 12:44pm CST

A federal judge denied the FTC's request to temporarily halt a merger between two Chicago-area hospital systems.

Number of uninsured Americans would jump if health reform were repealed

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 13, 2016 - 1:59pm CST

The biggest drop in coverage would be within the nation's lower-income population, according to the Urban Institute.

Mercer CEO gets behind bill to curb PBGC premium hikes

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 13, 2016 - 9:49am CST

Counting premiums as federal revenue has caused rates to “dramatically increase," Julio Portalatin says.

Retirees sue Weyerhaeuser over terminated health benefits

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 10, 2016 - 1:06pm CST

Plaintiffs say the forest-products manufacturer violated promises to its retirees by cutting and then terminating health benefits.

Moody's, S&P downgrade state again on budget, pension concerns

By: Meaghan Kilroy, Pensions & Investments

Published June 10, 2016 - 8:29am CST

Moody's Investors Service Inc. has downgraded Illinois' credit to Baa2 from Baa1, while Standard & Poor's Corp. lowered its rating to BBB+ from A-.

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