Health Plans

  • Health law will work, says Kentucky Governor

    October 28, 2013

    More than 300,000 people have visited Kentucky’s 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.

  • Employers joining private exchanges face opportunities and risks in post-ACA world

    October 25, 2013

    “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.

  • Exchanges can’t be viewed in isolation

    October 22, 2013

    Avalere Health’s 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.”

  • Retirement plans to limit employee choice

    VIDEO | October 21, 2013

    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. EBA’s Health Plan Adviser of the Year and Retirement Adviser of the Year discuss.

  • Five Things We Learned About Public Health Exchanges on Day 1

    October 2, 2013

    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.

  • PBMs continue to limit employee options

    September 27, 2013

    Pharmacy benefit management specialists say that as prices skyrocket, more and more employers will narrow pharmacies and prescriptions for their employees.

  • How to transform employees into better health consumers

    September 27, 2013

    Creating a smart consumer takes more than health care reform and adopting a consumer-driven health plan.

  • Employees to demand small employers drop health coverage?

    September 24, 2013

    In the not-so-distant future small employers may stop offering employer-sponsored health coverage because employees will demand it, said a speaker at the Workplace Benefits Summit in New Orleans Monday.

  • Avoid private exchange traps

    September 24, 2013

    Answers to your clients’ questions before they ask them.

  • Health spending slow due to recession, not ACA

    September 19, 2013

    The four-year slowdown in U.S. health care spending will end next year, and there is no sign the Affordable Care Act will significantly curb the acceleration in costs, government actuaries said in a report.

  • GE to IBM ending retiree health plans in historic shift

    September 9, 2013

    Time Warner Inc. yesterday said it would steer retired workers toward a privately run exchange, days after a similar announcement by International Business Machines Corp.

  • Future of benefits tech: More focused and real-time for users

    PODCAST | September 9, 2013

    EBA spoke with Dennis McGuire, CEO of Codebaby (pictured), and Shan Fowler, director of marketplace product management of Benefitfocus, about the company's partnership for avatar software on Benefitfocus's exchange, the future of tech in the benefits biz and more.

  • Does out-of-pocket delay actually apply to your client?

    September 4, 2013

    A recent delay on out-of-pocket spending could be complicated for those who think they have a single-vendor system, should their health care provider and pharmacy be considered separate internally.

  • NBGH survey: Health care costs to rise 7% for 2014

    August 29, 2013

    Despite the modest increase “rising health care costs remain a serious concern for U.S. employers,” said Helen Darling, the group’s president and CEO.

  • Communicating the private health care exchange process

    August 23, 2013

    Experts from Aon Hewitt and Digital Insurance who have private exchanges say communicating early and

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