Reform latecomers: Afraid of getting left behind, big insurers expand exchange participation for 2015

By Paul Demko Posted: October 25, 2014 – 12:01 am ET Tags: Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare Reform, Insurance Exchanges, Insurance   Obamacare supporters got good news recently when UnitedHealth Group announced it wants to be a bigger player in the insurance exchanges. The country’s largest private health insurer said it will increase its participation from five to 24 state exchanges when they open […] read more

On October 30th, 2014, posted in: NEWS by

Health Law Rollout: Smallest Employers Could Feel Greatest Impact

May 2, 2013, 3:39 p.m. ET The health law carries major changes for many employers. Starting in 2014, those with at least 50 workers will owe penalties if they don’t cover full-time employees. To completely avoid the risk of penalties, their health plans will generally have to meet certain minimum requirements, including covering a list […] read more

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Obamacare Delay: What it Means for Employers

July 3, 2013, 7:30 PM By Angus Loten, Adam Janofsky and Caitlin Huston The Obama administration’s unexpected announcement Tuesday that it would delay for at least a year a key requirement of the new health-care law— penalties under the employer mandate—is prompting some small employers to ponder what the reprieve means for their firms. Firms […] read more

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Health Care Law’s Employer Mandate Delayed Until January 2015

7/3/2013  By Stephen Miller, CEBS        last updated July 12, 2013 The Obama administration caught the U.S. business community by surprise when it announced a one-year delay, until Jan. 1, 2015, in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees provide health […] read more

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Wal-Mart Employees to Pay More for Health-Care Plans

Wal-Mart Employees to Pay More for Health-Care Plans CNBC, COMPANIES, WALMART, HEALTH CARE, AON HEWITT Reuters | 12 Nov 2012 | 12:53 PM ET Wal-Mart Stores’ U.S. employees will pay between 8 percent and 36 percent more in premiums for its medical coverage in 2013, prompting some of the 1.4 million workers at the nation’s […] read more

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Wellness Programs Significantly Reduce Health Risks

By Kathryn Mayer September 13, 2012 • Reprints Just one more reason to jump on the wellness bandwagon: Participants in comprehensive workplace wellness programs achieve a significant reduction in health risks in as little as 18 months according to a new study conducted by the Principal Financial Group. The study shows the greatest impact among […] read more

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Aging Workforce Values Vision Benefit, But Doesn’t Take Advantage Of It

By Lisa Gillespie February 1, 2012 Today’s aging workforce isn’t fully taking advantage of its vision benefits, and is therefore missing out on a critical preventive care opportunity and leaving itself at higher risk for age-related vision problems, eye diseases and chronic conditions that affect eye health and compromise productivity. This is according to a […] read more

On April 26th, 2012, posted in: NEWS by

Consumer-Directed U.S. Health Insurance Surges

CHICAGO | Thu., Apr. 19, 2012 3:32pm EDT (Reuters) — Currently, 59% of major employers have a consumer-driven health plan option in place, up from 53% a year ago, according to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. The groups queried companies with 1,000 or more employees across a range […] read more

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