Monthly Archives: January 2017

Some Rare Good News for Small Businesses Paying Employee Health Costs

via Wall Street Journal Small businesses can once again use pretax funds to reimburse workers for health-care costs, especially premiums for individual and family coverage. In a little noticed move, Congress late last year reauthorized Health Reimbursement Arrangements for businesses with fewer … Continue reading

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What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

via Time When Art Villa found out, after one too many boating accidents, that he needed a total knee replacement, he began asking around to see how much it would cost. The hospital near his home in Helena, Mont., would … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—A federal judge Monday blocked the proposed merger of health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. on antitrust grounds, a potentially fatal blow to the $34 billion deal and a capstone victory for Justice Department antitrust … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—A federal judge Monday blocked the proposed merger of health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. on antitrust grounds, a potentially fatal blow to the $34 billion deal and a capstone victory for Justice Department antitrust … Continue reading

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Trump Nominees Take Aim at Tax Reform and the Fiduciary Rule

via Lockton Beacon As a new administration takes office, the retirement plan community scratches their collective heads about what to expect. Donald Trump assumes the presidency with no prior public service, presenting very few tea leaves for us to read. … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth’s Revenue, Profit Tops Forecasts

via WSJ UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported a 56% increase in profit in the latest quarter, with results fueled by growth in its core insurance unit and its Optum health-services arm, as well as reduced impact from its money-losing Affordable Care … Continue reading

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ACA Repeal Effort Edges Forward, Still Little Clarity on Timeline for Replacement

via Lockton Benefits Group This week, Congressional Republicans cleared important procedural hurdles on the path to repealing several components of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandate penalties. GOP infighting, however, continued to prevent any consensus on … Continue reading

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