In the past five years, the percentage of plan sponsors who list the breadth of coverage offered to employees as a top priority for their plans has fallen 14 percent from 57 percent at the end of 2011. Simultaneously, the percentage of sponsors citing a balance of cost and care as a top plan priority has risen to 78 percent from 41 percent in 2006.
The New York-based financial-services company has taken on such issues as food safety and prenatal care as part of a broader global wellness effort it launched in 2009.
Large and small employers have banded together to form the Essential Health Benefits Coalition to voice concerns in Washington and statehouses around the country on the issue.Read More
Employers are addressing the practice in part by looking at their benefit design and increasing deductibles and lowering out-of-pocket maximums so workers must pay a larger share for going out of network.Read More
Increases in the HSA limits are tied to changes in the cost of living.
Called HR InTouch Marketplace, the online private exchange mimics a retail site where employees can go online and add their chosen plans to a shopping cart. Read More
The Internal Revenue Service is expected to publish the official HSA contribution limits in May.Read More
Many questions have been raised about the fees and to which type of health plans they would apply.Read More
The new options include the Wal-Mart Rx Network, which directs employees to fill prescriptions at the international retailer; and the Rx4Value formulary, which swaps certain name brand drugs for generic.Read More