Many companies offer incentives and tie them to plan design, specific health outcomes or apply surcharges when employees don't take part in particular programs.Read More
The Midwest Business Group on Health and other organizations aim to educate employers about the cost of biologics, which treat serious illnesses such as cancer. Their cost is expected to rise to 40 percent of employers' total drug costs by 2017.
The option, which gives employees more autonomy, could revolutionize employer-provided health benefits, proponents say.Read More
South Dakota joins several other states, including Texas, whose governors said they will not set up the exchanges.Read More
For those covered by employer plans, spending on health care services increased by 4.6 percent to $4,547 per plan enrollee. By contrast, in 2010, costs rose an average of 3.8 percent, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent Washington-based health research organization.Read More
Health care reform is opening the door to companies like Washington state's Qliance, which offers unlimited access to primary care for a monthly fee.Read More
The medical-homes concept, direct primary care firms and a university that produces some of the nation's best physicians help bolster Washington's position as a health care leader.Read More
The increase for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is down from this year's 3.8 percent average increase and sharply lower than 2011, when premiums rose by an average of 7.3 percent.Read More
The state-by-state analysis of obesity-linked disease rates and associated medical spending projects that obese individuals could account for 44 percent of all American adults by 2030 if obesity rates nationwide continue to grow at their current pace. Read More
For employers, an exchange ideally will expand health benefits choice for workers while holding down their health costs, advocates for the concept say.