In a $600 million cash transaction, Optum, the IT and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, is buying health management vendor Alere Health, which provides services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states, covering about 22 million people in the U.S.
A controversial ballot measure in California is getting national attention from the benefits industry. Heres what it is and why it matters.
Benefit managers are well aware of the challenges associated with implementing a workplace wellness program low participation, employee engagement and communication and C-suite resistance, to name just a few. But successful programs share common characteristics.
Although open enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans opens in just over three weeks, the uninsured remain unclear about the dates and possible financial assistance available.
Employer clients acting as the fiduciary of a benefit plan may often seek the advice of their trusted adviser. ERISA recognizes that need but also disallows the misuse of an expert. So what qualifies as misuse?
With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles.
The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes millions of dollars in savings its comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.
One of the nations premier business groups whose mission is employee health promotion is embroiled in a controversy involving $184 million in contracts awarded by Covered California without competitive bidding.
Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.
Well-informed employees make smarter choices and providing the tools needed during open enrollment is essential.
Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, explains how online behavior change programs, also known as digital therapeutics, can help employers prevent obesity-related chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
A large majority of workers prefer signing up for benefits online, a PlanSource survey finds.
On the heels of news about Aon Hewitts estimated more than 1.2 million HIX enrollees exceeding its expectations for 2015, Bright Choices Exchange operator Liazon is crowing about its own expansion plans.
Initial numbers for 2015 open enrollment put participation in Mercers Marketplace exchange at nearly five times the size of 2014 rates. The consulting firm also added 40 additional clients to the exchange who were not previously with Mercer.
A new broker-friendly private exchange is launching that will allow employees at companies with less than 50 lives to buy health insurance using pre-tax dollars.