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Employers Expect Lower Premium Hikes Than on Health Law Exchanges - Commonwealth Fund

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Erin Mershon wrote in the Washington Health Policy Week in Review, "large employers are expecting employee health benefit costs to rise by five percent in 2017, less than half the increase expected for consumers who purchase health care on the public exchanges created by the 2010 health law."

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, health care, health care benefits, healthcare benefits, Cadillac tax

More Small, Midsized Firms Choose To Pay Workers’ Medical Costs Directly - Kaiser

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 16, 2016 1:19:00 PM

Kaiser Health News has released an article by Michelle Andrews, discussing the trend of self-funding among smaller organizations. "Instead of buying a health insurance policy to cover their workers, a growing number of small and midsized companies are opting to pay their employees’ medical claims directly."

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, health care, health care benefits, healthcare benefits

Higher Benefit Plan Penalties Loom, Putting Employers on Guard - SHRM

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM

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Stephen Miller writes for the Society of Human Resources Management, “On July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published an interim final rule with a list of increased penalty amounts for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other employee benefit and pay statutes.

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Topics: Healthcare, health benefits, health insurance, healthcare costs

Employee satisfaction high but workers still want better benefits - Benefits Pro

Posted by Katie Deinert on Aug 9, 2016 2:10:19 PM

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Rebecca Greenfield from Bloomberg writes for Benefits Pro about a strange new contradiction in the workplace - employee satisfaction is at its highest level in 10 years, yet workers report low satisfaction with their benefits, compensation, time off, and "respectful treatment of employees" at work, according to an annual survey of 600 employees by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Topics: Healthcare, cost shifting, healthcare costs

Workers Overwhelmed by Healthcare Decisions - Benefits Pro

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 5, 2016 12:58:53 PM

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Jack Craver writes for Benefits Pro about how a recent study by Alegeus demonstrates the stress and overwhelm many consumers feel when faced with healthcare decisions. Topping the list are how to plan for out-of-pocket costs (2/3rds of respondants) and choosing a benefits plan (55%).

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, health benefits, health insurance, healthcare spending, healthcare costs

Obamacare’s Skyrocketing Premiums? Why the Sky Isn’t Falling - NEJM

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Aug 2, 2016 11:27:45 AM

Benjamin D. Sommers takes a look at why the annual Spring panic around premium increases for ACA marketplace plans is “overblown.” The fact that most increases will be reduced before open enrollment and that most consumers received premium tax credits are both cited as reasons the initial proposed increases are not a big deal.

Read the full article on The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Topics: ACA, Obamacare, PPACA, premiums

Healthcare spending growth rate rises again in 2015 - Modern Healthcare

Posted by Katie Deinert on Jul 29, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Bob Herman writes for Modern Healthcare, “The U.S. healthcare system spent $3.2 trillion in 2015, or almost $10,000 for every person, according to the latest federal projections."

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, inflation, healthcare spending, economy, health care

Obamacare didn't lead to cuts in job-based health coverage - CNBC

Posted by Katie Deinert on Jul 26, 2016 5:51:00 AM

Dan Mangan recently wrote about Obamacare for CNBC, stating that "There were no significant differences in the percentages of adults getting or being offered health insurance through an employer."

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, health benefits, health insurance, health care

The Most Important Question A CEO Should Ask Their HR Leader - Forbes

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Jul 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Dave Chase advocates for CEOs to question where health plan documents that their organization operates under come from – internally or from the health plan carriers themselves?

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Topics: Healthcare, Human Resources, benefits, health care, HR

As healthcare costs continue to rise, employees shoulder the burden - Benefits News

Posted by Kathleen Callaghan on Jul 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM

A TransUnion Healthcare study has found more evidence that employees are bearing the brunt of healthcare costs in the form of deductibles and OOP maximums, with a 13 percent rise in both between 2014-2015. 

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Topics: Healthcare, deductibles, health care costs, health care, premiums, healthcare costs

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