Thirty-six percent of employees polled in Mercer's annual Workplace Survey indicated that their out-of-pocket costs were 'definitely' commensurate with the health benefits they receive through their employer, down from 44 percent in 2011 and 38 percent in 2010. Read More
Much of the $25 billion in assessments—to be paid annually over a three-year period—will be used to partially reimburse commercial insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.Read More
There is a large contingent of HR and benefits managers who face implementation now, during the holiday season no less.
The exchange, which Mercer is offering along with Connextions Inc., a technology solutions company, will provide assistance to retirees during enrollment periods and throughout the year.Read More
Annual medical spending for an employee with depression is $2,185 higher, or 48 percent more, than for a worker without depression, according to a new study.
Medicare beneficiaries will face higher out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Read More
Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been slow since its passage in March 2010. That will change starting in January when more regulations and requirements begin kicking in. Here is a list:Read More
State-run health care exchanges could offer one-stop shopping experiences for small businesses, which usually pay more for insurance because they lack the buying power of bigger companies. Read More
The 4.1 percent increase brought health plan costs to an average of $10,558 per employee in 2012, compared with $10,146 per employee in 2011, according to the survey.Read More