Most early-adapting companies are in the first of three phases to a value-based approach to health care, which involves reducing or eliminating costs around specific medical conditions that have, or may in the future have a negative effect on an employer's health insurance costs.Read More
Amid steadily rising costs, employers, especially larger organizations, continue to take action to try to hold down cost increases to more manageable levels, according to the Mercer survey.Read More
Under the $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program set up as part of the health care reform law, approved plan sponsors have received partial reimbursement of claims they have paid.
Observers have said that decisions for cases argued in the court's spring term would likely by published by June, which could thrust the case into the national run-up to the November 2012 presidential election. Read More
The insurer bills it as the nation's first comprehensive health benefits store. Considering the many questions consumers have about health care these days, it probably won't be the last.
One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.Read More
Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.Read More
Their missed work results in about $153 billion in lost productivity annually, according to data collected this year by Washington-based Gallup. Read More
If the autism coverage mandate laid down by the California measure is not included in what federal regulators decide is essential benefits, the mandate automatically will expire.
The Institute of Medicine's nearly 300-page report is a response to Department of Health and Human Services' request for the IOM's recommendations about the process the HHS secretary should use to define and update essential health benefits.Read More