The next major threat to the Affordable Care Act could come from an unlikely, and seemingly benign, source: New accounting recommendations for state and municipal employee pensions.
With the Cadillac tax slated to take effect in 2018, employers continue to evaluate their current health benefits and consider cost-reduction strategies to avoid triggering the tax.
As private health insurance exchanges continue to gain steam--albeit possibly slower than expected--they still struggle with a fundamental flaw.
Nearly all employers who now offer insurance to full-time workers will continue to do so in 2016, though the likelihood of offering covering five years from now dips slightly.
Healthcare organizations that struggle to reach the lofty goals of the Triple Aim--better health, better patient experience and lower costs--may want to take note of how one non-profit health system successfully overhauled its costly employee health plan, according to a new white paper.
Aetna announced last week that it was increasing the incomes of its lowest-paid employees by as much as 33 percent, to a minimum of $16 an hour because to do otherwise would be unfair, the insurer's chief exec said Wednesday. And he wants other companies to follow suit.
A large majority of employers (74 percent) said their insurance expenses have increased this year, making healthcare costs a top priority for their businesses. That means some companies likely will change how they provide insurance benefits.
Three prominent insurers lead the list of FlexJobs' top 100 companies for work-from-home opportunities in 2013, including UnitedHealth Group (ranked at No. 2), Aetna (No. 4) and Humana (No. 7), according to Employee Benefits Advisor. The health insurers cited attracting top talent and cost containment as key reasons for embracing flexible work arrangements.
The University System of Georgia plans to use a new report on employee healthcare benefit costs to determine savings opportunities, Online Athens reports.
Healthcare reform is influencing companies' employee benefits packages and driving employers to look at health insurance exchanges for future benefit offerings, according to a new national benchmark report from the educational platform Healthcare Trends Institute.