Monthly Archives: October 2015

Aetna’s Earnings Rise Amid Moderate Medical Costs

via Wall Street Journal Aetna Inc. raised its full-year forecast for the fourth time this year and reported better-than-expected earnings in its third quarter as a key measure of the company’s medical costs fell. Aetna now projects 2015 operating earnings … Continue reading

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401(k)s: Eye on Providers

via CFO.com When David Sackett was spearheading the selection of a new 401(k) provider for his employer in 2013, what he knew most clearly was that he didn’t know much. “My level of confidence that I was taking the right steps … Continue reading

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Premiums for Health Insurance Bought on Exchanges to Climb in 2016

via Wall Street Journal The Obama administration said many consumers will see noticeable premium increases when buying health coverage on insurance exchanges in 2016, acknowledging for the first time what many health-care experts had predicted. Federal officials said Monday that … Continue reading

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Luxury Health Benefits for Top Corporate Bosses on the Wane

via Wall Street Journal For years executives at Brocade Communications Systems Inc. were treated to a full day of physical exams and assessments in the high-end, spa-like setting of Stanford University’s executive medicine program at a cost of several thousands … Continue reading

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Companies to Workers: Start Saving More—Or We’ll Do It for You

via Wall Street Journal More American companies are turning to a new way of convincing employees to save more for retirement: make them do it. Companies from Apache Corp. to Google Inc. to Credit Suisse GroupAG have boosted the percentage … Continue reading

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Medical Query: Were You Struck by a Duck?

via Wall Street Journal You may have heard something about the new medical coding system that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has plunked down on the clipboards of hospitals and health-care providers as of Oct. 1. It’s called … Continue reading

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The ‘Cadillac Tax’ Makes Everyone Sick

via Wall Street Journal In apparent recognition of the distinct unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax—an excise tax on high-value, employer-provided health benefits—more than 100 economists have signed a letter defending it. As the Washington Post headline about … Continue reading

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