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.
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
Under California's Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act, health plans must obtain a license from the Department of Managed Health Care to operate as HMOs in the state.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.
Workers' poor health and its drag on productivity costs U.S. employers $576 billion annually. The costs include those spent on group health policies for employees, short- and long-term disability, workers' compensation, illness absence, and presenteeism.Read More
The survey of more than 2,000 employers found that the premium for family coverage rose an average of 4 percent, increasing to $15,745 this year.Read More
The split 2-1 ruling in LeAndra Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty Inc. upholds a workers compensation commission finding that she was a contractor and not an employee when she was shot in 2008 while dancing at the Boom Boom Room in Columbia, South Carolina. Read More