Monthly Archives: July 2015

CEOs at Aetna, Anthem Help to Reshape Health-Insurance Industry

via Wall Street Journal Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, left, walks with Anthem chief Joseph Swedish. The leaders of the top five health insurers periodically get together to discuss policy issues, Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Mark T. Bertolini told investors in … Continue reading

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Growth in Health-Care Spending Picks Up

via The Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—Growth in national health spending, which had dropped to historic lows in recent years, has snapped back and is set to continue at a faster pace over the next decade, federal actuaries said Tuesday. The … Continue reading

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IRS Plans to End Approvals of Custom Plan Changes

via Lockton Retirement Services Citing budget cuts, new responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and an increased number of requests, the IRS made the surprise announcement of intent to terminate the Determination Letter program by the end of 2016. … Continue reading

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Anthem Nears $48 Billion Cigna Deal

via Wall Street Journal Anthem Inc. is nearing a deal to buy Cigna Corp. for more than $48 billion in a transaction that along with a previously proposed combination of rivals would shrink the five largest U.S. health insurers to … Continue reading

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EEOC Guidance Poses Risks for Employers That Limit Spousal Health Coverage to Opposite-Sex Spouses

via Lockton Benefit Group In a ruling long anticipated and following closely on the heels of last month‟s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis … Continue reading

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A Not-So-Transparent Attempt to Cap Drug Prices

via Wall Street Journal At the dawn of the 20th century, life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. Today, it’s 79. Two decades ago, a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C was a death sentence. The mortality rate … Continue reading

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Did Senators Commit Health Insurance Fraud?

via Wall Street Journal A coalition of 10 organizations has filed an ethics complaint calling for an investigation into whether senators and their staff committed fraud when they submitted applications to the health insurance exchange in Washington, D.C. The Council … Continue reading

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White House Sets Birth-Control Coverage Rules

via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—The Obama administration on Friday set final rules for contraception coverage in workers’ health insurance plans, putting in place rules that are unlikely to satisfy some religious employers who object to birth control. The rules reaffirmed … Continue reading

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The Unaffordable Care Act

via Wall Street Journal The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make insurance, well, more affordable. But now hard results are starting to emerge: premium surges that often average 10% to 20% and spikes that sometimes run as high as … Continue reading

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Reminder: PCORI Filing Due to IRS by July 31

via Lockton Benefit Group The health reform law imposes a number of fees, taxes and other assessments on health insurance companies and sponsors of self-funded health plans to help subsidize a number of endeavors. One such fee funds the Patient-Centered … Continue reading

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