Six winners of the New England Employee Benefits Council's Best Practice awards for 2011 include Ocean Spray's Moms at Work program and Staples' use of computer games to entice the office supply company's younger workers to save for retirement.
The plans are attractive because they typically have low premiums—sometimes just $10 per month. But coverage limits can be as low as $1,000 annually, and some plans pay for just four doctor's visits per year.
The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy published cost figures of procedues last year, part of a blitzkrieg of data that officials have released as they strive to better understand what's driving the state's high health costs.Read More
With national health care reform looming, Workforce Management examines Massachusetts' reforms, which went into effect in 2006. Five-plus years later, we found that almost all Bay Staters now have health insurance, but overloaded physicians aren't necessarily taking on new patients and some employees are realizing that their favorite providers might be too pricey.Read More
More consumers in limited networks seem to be comfortable leaving a favorite doctor or hospital.Read More
Giving consumers price information about services they pay for seems like an obvious choice, but such data is nearly impossible for the average consumer to come by.Read More
Social media can be a cheap, fun way to educate more tech-savvy employees about benefits options, giving administrators a valuable tool to promote their programs.Read More
More than two dozen states have enacted health care price transparency legislation over the past 10 years.Read More
While older workers tend to be more concerned about retirement than their younger colleagues, the survey found that the most dramatic shift in attitudes toward retirement security has been among the under-40 set.Read More
Each participating company would pitch in to implement and maintain the network, with the cost likely to be based on a subscription model, including the number of participating employees and retirees and how much their medical care costs. Read More