Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pharmacy-Benefit Managers Under Pressure

via Barron’s High-priced drugs have everyone ticked off this year. And for good reason. While health-care spending in the U.S. is growing faster than the economy, pharmaceutical costs are growing faster still. New treatments for arthritis and cancer certainly merit a … Continue reading

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Tackling Workers’ Mental Health, One Text at a Time

via Wall Street Journal Companies want employees to seek mental-health treatment when needed, so they are turning to a tool already in workers’ pockets: their smartphones. As employers seek to reduce the costs of untreated mental illness among staffers, more … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth’s Profit Jumps on Health-Services Growth

via Wall Street Journal UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Tuesday posted strong earnings for its latest quarter as revenue continued to surge in its pharmacy-services business. The company, which is the biggest U.S. health insurer, also gave a slightly rosier full-year … Continue reading

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Justice Department to Challenge Two Health-Insurance Mergers

via Wall Street Journal The U.S. government is close to challenging two proposed mergers between four of the nation’s largest health-insurance companies, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would represent strong push back against consolidation in the … Continue reading

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Starbucks Widens Workers’ Health-Insurance Options

via Wall Street Journal Starbucks Corp. on Monday became one of the most high-profile employers to switch its employees to a private health insurance exchange. Instead of the one health insurer and three medical coverage levels they have now, U.S. … Continue reading

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Calpers Reports Lowest Investment Gain Since Financial Crisis

via Wall Street Journal The largest U.S. public pension posted its lowest annual gain since the last financial crisis due to heavy losses in stocks. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or Calpers, said it earned 0.6% on its investments for … Continue reading

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Pace of U.S. Health Spending Increased in 2015, With Further Rise Expected

via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—Growth in U.S. health-care spending quickened slightly in 2015 and will continue to rise at a moderate pace over the next decade, but not at the fast clip seen in the 20-year period before the recession, … Continue reading

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