On Feb. 26, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a discussion draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 that more completely spells out the tradeoffs for tax reform. Camps draft legislation reduces and simplifies the current income tax rate structure, but may modify or eliminate provisions relating to employee benefit plans.
Looking toward the end of 2014 open enrollment in the Affordable Care Acts health exchanges, Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Thursday at an AHIP conference that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expecting a fairly significant spike in enrollments."
Investing in a healthy workforce can help increase productivity levels of employees, found a recent research paper by Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD, chief scientific officer and senior vice president at OptumHealth Care Solutions. The study determined that net productivity losses were $158-$1,601 more per year for each person with a health risk or condition. Findings suggest that when an employee engages with a health coach, health advocate, or nurse and makes improvements in health or reductions in health risks, is likely to become more productive.
Fortune 500 employers gathered Wednesday for a panel at the Americas Health Insurance Plans annual policy conference in Washington to deliver an up-to-date perspective on private exchanges.
Much has been made about how the exchanges are playing in Peoria, but what about Portugal, Poland or Peru?
President Barack Obamas fiscal 2015 budget proposal includes nearly $14 million for the Department of Labor to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, which renders them ineligible for certain benefits and protections under the law.
The Affordable Care Acts ongoing rollout is likely to spark many employers to take action within their benefit plans. Whether it is utilization of a high-deductible health plan or emphasizing voluntary options, employers say that a change is imminent, according to a new studys findings.
The operator of a private HIX platform for small and large employers has teamed up with a global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals and other integrated production management solutions to fill health care coverage gaps in an industry known more for who is appearing in front of the camera.
Helen Darling, retiring this spring from her role as president of the National Business Group on Health, discusses some of the challenges and choices ahead as employers prepare for the ongoing rollout of the ACA and private and public exchanges.
The benefits industry is pushing back against a campaign by some policy-makers to increase federal oversight of self-insured health plans, particularly in regards to the purchasing of stop-loss insurance.
For a plan unlikely to become law anytime soon, Representative Dave Camps proposal to revamp the tax code is causing a lot of agitation among U.S. companies.
The top Republican tax-writer in Congress proposed restructuring the U.S. tax code to eliminate dozens of breaks to pay for reductions in the corporate and individual rates.
The University of Michigan has been fine-tuning its wellness champion network for over 20 years. Over that time, wellness champs have morphed in number and organizational role, but have always played an important role for helping to develop our culture of health across the University," explains Karen Schmidt, associate director of wellness and health culture at the University of Michigan.
A new report from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finds that approximately 11 million Americans on small employer health insurance rolls will see increases in premiums as a result of the Affordable Care Act, a larger proportion than those actually seeing declines.
Bucking the consumer-driven health care trend, one speaker at EBAs Workplace Benefits Renaissance questioned the developments speed.