Employers continue to see a rise in health insurance costs. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 in 2013, up 4% from last year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey. So how can employers work to control these costs? A key success factor in reducing health insurance costs is the leaderships commitment to this strategy. Can you find top-down leadership commitment to a long-term program
Time may not be on the side of carriers in their quest to set appropriate rates for 2015 if the 2014 enrollments take longer than expected because of further online technical delays, public apathy or both.
Consulting firm Towers Watson announced today it has bought private health care exchange provider Liazon, which operates the Bright Choices exchange, for $215 million. The deal further validates the private exchange market, says one of Liazon's competitors.
A public employer in California is building its own marketplace to mirror public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act a potential idea for brokers for prospecting.
Flexible spending account advocates expect most employers to embrace rollover provision.
Were living in the age of big data, so why has so little changed in how we make our health insurance decisions, asks Liazon co-founder Alan Cohen. The private exchange entrepreneur makes the case why benefits should meet technology.
As the Obama administration works to fix the technological problems associated with Healthcare.gov, greater issues with the federal health care exchanges remain, said a panel of health care experts Thursday in Washington.
With the online site expected to face difficulties through November, Americans may have only weeks to find replacement coverage, and many may end up paying higher premiums.
A good communications strategy can help your clients get the most from their benefits investment.
More than 300,000 people have visited Kentuckys health-care exchange website, and more than 26,000 people have signed up for plans, with 10,000 more in the process of choosing, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said.
All that we are doing with health care impacts so much more than health care costs, health risk status and use of health care services it impacts the business, explained Bruce Sherman, MD, medical director of Employers Health Coalition.
Avalere Healths Elizabeth Carpenter urges everyone to remember the big picture, not just the Obamacare marketplace, but also on the broader health care system and how things are evolving.
As health care plans are continuing to increase the amount of employee choice in benefits, some in the retirement industry say the only way people will save is if choice is restricted. EBAs Health Plan Adviser of the Year and Retirement Adviser of the Year discuss.
Critics say technology glitches showed public exchanges were not ready for opening day. Proponents of health reform said server-crashing traffic to exchange sites were proof of strong interest. Here's a more objective rundown of learnings from the opening of public exchanges, offered by Kev Coleman, director of Data & Research for Healthpocket.
Pharmacy benefit management specialists say that as prices skyrocket, more and more employers will narrow pharmacies and prescriptions for their employees.