RSS icon

Top Stories

Health Care Benefits

Supreme Court to Review Health Care Reform Law

November 14, 2011
Comments (0)
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

Employers Embrace Consumer-Driven Health Plans, Other Tactics, to Contain Health Care Costs

November 9, 2011
Comments (0)
A recent Mercer survey indicates the average cost of providing employee health coverage will rise just 5.4 percent in 2012. This is good news for companies, but an aging workforce, health care reform and the economy continue to have a negative impact on health care costs. What are employers doing to keep costs down?
Read More

UnitedHealthcare opens 'Superstore'

November 9, 2011
Comments (0)
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.
Read More

Heightened Awareness of Benefits Plays Pivotal Role in Employee Experience

October 26, 2011
Comments (0)
Employers spend a great deal of time and money trying to educate employees about their benefit options, but do employees most understand and use them effectively? Here are some of the do's and don'ts of benefits communications.
Read More

Hero of Missouri Tornado Disaster Finally Gets Comp Benefits

October 25, 2011
Comments (0)
The 51-year-old social worker's medical expenses have exceeded $2.5 million and are still mounting. He reportedly has no medical insurance.
Read More

President to Sign Bill Increasing Health Insurance Subsidies for Certain Workers

October 18, 2011
Comments (0)
President Barack Obama on Oct. 21 will sign trade legislation that also will boost federal health insurance premium subsidies for employees who lose their jobs because of foreign competition and older retirees in failed pension plans, the White House announced Oct. 18.
Read More

Bill Requiring Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in California

October 12, 2011
Comments (0)
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.
Read More

IOM Health Plan Report Points to Premium Targets

October 10, 2011
Comments (0)
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

Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
Comments (0)
The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
Read More

Companies Are Turning to Technology to Help Keep Workers Well

September 30, 2011
Comments (0)
To achieve enduring changes in employee behavior, more companies are following a Wellness 2.0 strategy. “Today's programs focus on identifying and preventing costly health issues, offer financial rewards for participants, and more often than not have a social aspect,” a consultant says.
Read More