Health Plans

  • House GOP members demand answers on ACA employer mandate delay

    February 14, 2014

    A group of Republican representatives on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are demanding answers from the U.S. Treasury about the decision-making process behind the latest delay to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

  • 5 retail marketing lessons for health exchange brokers

    February 14, 2014

    Commentary: Top lessons from retail that brokers and consultants can leverage to engage employees in benefits selection and produce a positive experience with benefits shopping.

  • How one piecemeal ACA repeal was killed

    February 13, 2014

    Republicans were trying to dismantle the ACA’s risk corridor premium stabilization program as recently as this week but several factors, possibly including the insurance industry itself, took them off course.

  • Lawmakers upset by HHS silence on SHOP enrollment numbers

    February 13, 2014

    The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to release any data on the number of small businesses that have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program, angering lawmakers who have been prodding the agency for answers.

  • Former HHS chief sees private exchange expansion

    February 11, 2014

    Accounting for barely 1% of enrollment in all employer-sponsored benefits plans, private exchanges are currently a dimly lit bulb on the radar for group health insurance delivery. But there’s little doubt that number will rise.

  • Single- vs. multi-carrier private exchange debate still hot

    February 11, 2014

    After more private exchange launches last week, and one of the first by a carrier, EBA continues the conversation with brokers and insurance companies alike.

  • Cigna launch spurs question: What is a private exchange, anyway?

    February 6, 2014

    As Cigna this week became one of the first insurers to announce its own online marketplace — amid countless others created by brokers, consultants and tech firms — some say the definition of this concept has become muddied.

  • CVS drops tobacco sales to focus on health-care role

    February 6, 2014

    By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. is redefining itself as a health-care provider in an environment in which millions of newly insured Americans will be looking for quick and convenient medical care.

  • Insurers slash specialty hospitals to keep premiums low

    February 6, 2014

    Health insurers under pressure to keep premiums low are eliminating some hospitals from coverage in a cost-cutting strategy that threatens to freeze out centers that provide specialized care, limiting patient options.

  • One in four U.S. families struggles to pay medical bills

    January 28, 2014

    One in four U.S. families struggled to pay medical bills in 2012, and one in 10 said they had costs they couldn’t pay at all, according to a government survey.

  • Could exchanges encourage more value-based pricing?

    January 24, 2014

    The ACA has been roundly criticized for its lack of cost-containment provisions But one Princeton University academic maintains that cost-containment cannot be implemented simultaneously with universal-coverage measures.

  • Moody’s downgrades U.S. health insurers’ outlook to negative

    January 23, 2014

    As a result of the continued uncertainty of Affordable Care Act’s impact, Moody’s changed the outlook for U.S. health insurers to negative from stable.

  • Target to drop health insurance for part-time workers

    January 21, 2014

    Target Corp. said it will end health insurance for part-time employees, joining Trader Joe’s Co., Home Depot Inc. and other retailers that have scaled back benefits in response to changes from Obamacare.

  • McGraw Wentworth plans benefit, health care reform study

    January 21, 2014

    Employers and human resource professionals looking to get ahead of the benefits and health care reform game should take a note of a new free survey in the works by McGraw Wentworth.

  • payment system still to be built

    January 16, 2014

    The back-end payment system of is still being built, a senior Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official said Thursday in testimony on Capitol Hill.

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