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  • NAHU Cap Con: Sen. Ayotte affirms support for MLR fix, other ACA changes

    February 25, 2014

    The employee benefit adviser’s role is a critical one that must be protected in dealing with the “sheer confusion” of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Kelly Ayotte told NAHU members at the organization’s annual Capitol Conference, where she also proposed several GOP-led repairs to the law.


  • Strong company health culture supports healthy workforce: survey

    February 25, 2014

    A company with a strong culture of health is more likely to have happy, health-conscious employees than those businesses not promoting wellness, according to a new study’s findings.


  • Employees value benefits, yet being asked to shoulder more costs: study

    February 25, 2014

    Employees treasure their workplace benefits more than ever, yet employers are increasingly asking workers to shoulder more of the costs of providing those benefits, finds a new survey of benefit plan participants and employers.


  • Humana tops insurer gains on proposed Medicare payments

    February 24, 2014

    Humana Inc. rose to its highest value in more than 33 years on Monday, leading insurance stocks higher after proposed government cuts to the Medicare Advantage program were less than previously expected.


  • Aetna's Bertolini: 'We can't afford it'

    February 24, 2014

    In the opening keynote at health IT conference HIMSS14, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini painted a grim picture of health care in the U.S. that is plagued by inefficiency and waste.


  • Part-timers benefit from private-labeled exchange solution

    February 24, 2014

    As Healthcare.gov procrastinators gear up for the nail-biting final weeks of 2014 enrollment, some lucky part-time or seasonal workers will be able to ride the coattails of their employer’s customized portal for assistance.


  • Potential ACA loophole triggers talk of adverse selection

    February 24, 2014

    A potential loophole in the Affordable Care Act could spell trouble for the HIX marketplace if enough group health plans are able to steer sicker employee populations to public exchanges while holding onto healthier lives.


  • Patching vulnerabilities in self-funded plans

    February 24, 2014

    Compliant cost management is crucial for self-funded plans dealing with end-stage renal disease


  • Insurers face Medicare Advantage rate cuts

    February 24, 2014

    Health insurers participating in the Medicare Advantage program, including Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc., face a base payment cut of about 3.55% next year, the U.S. government said. The ACA could bring cuts up another few percentage points.


  • 70% of advisers fear vanishing sales under ACA

    February 21, 2014

    LIMRA survey finds 70% of advisers predict the ACA will slash group medical sales, with many saying health care reform will drive employers out of the market altogether.


  • Employers to modify retiree health benefits in light of ACA: survey

    February 19, 2014

    Over the next three to five years, the Affordable Care Act will likely have little impact on the health of the employed population as employers report they will continue to offer health care benefits. However, a large share will find ways to reduce costs through new approaches for the retiree population, according to a new survey from Aon Hewitt.


  • Willis International CEO details global benefits expansion, local impact

    February 19, 2014

    The world is getting smaller and smaller by the day. And as a result, brokers’ potential to work with clients from other towns, other states and maybe even other countries is getting bigger and bigger.


  • One-third of employers eyeing private exchanges

    February 19, 2014

    A survey found U.S. employers are increasingly looking at this option, following the lead of companies like Walgreen Co. seeking to reduce costs..


  • Exit interview: Helen Darling

    February 18, 2014

    The president of the NBGH, who is retiring this spring, shares her thoughts about health reform and the future of employer-sponsored health coverage.


  • Analysis questions value of ACA deductible cap

    February 14, 2014

    In a sign of just how difficult it is to rein in out-of-pocket costs, 35% of 2014 bronze-level plans in the Small Business Health Options Program exchange had deductibles that exceeded suggested annual caps under the Affordable Care Act.


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