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70% of Employers Offer Packaged Health, Dental, Pharmacy Benefits

February 21, 2019 - Seventy-one percent of employers with 100 or more employees are either actively integrating or considering integrating their medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy benefits under their health and wellness programs in the next five years, according to a study commissioned by Anthem and conducted by TRC Insights. Employee benefits are often siloed, the study authors noted, with medical,...


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Leadership Plays Key Role in Effective Workforce Wellness Efforts

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new report from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer reveals just how vital leadership support is to high-quality workforce wellness initiatives. “These findings suggest organizations that want to improve...

Employers to Address Healthcare Consumerism, Innovation in 2019

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The National Business Group on Health has released its top-five trends for the coming year, and employers clearly want to play a more involved role in healthcare transformation. Chief among their expectations over the next twelve months...

Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Prove Costly to Consumers

by Chuck Green

Workers and their families are spending a larger share of their income on their employer-sponsored health plans, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. Coauthored by Sara Collins, Vice President of Health Care Coverage and...

Narrow Network Health Plans Continue to Dominate ACA Exchanges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New analysis of available health plans on ACA exchanges in 2019 shows that narrow networks remain a dominant force. Avalere researchers found that more restrictive networks own nearly three-quarters of all health plans on health insurance...

Employers Working to Drive Down Rising Health Insurance Costs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The realization that consumers using less care but paying more to receive services and treatment is leading employers to rethink their approaches to providing health coverage to their employees, according to a recent report in The Wall...

Health Payers Contend for Share of SMB Health Insurance Market

by Chuck Green

Changing government regulations and demands for benefits in the small to medium business market is likely to lead to consolidation and place a growing emphasis on creating innovative health plans, according to a recent Edifecs...

High-Deductible Plans Lead Diabetics to Forgo, Delay Treatment

by Chuck Green

Workers with diabetes who switched to high-deductible health plans requiring additional out-of-pocket expenses are more apt to put off necessary check-ups, a new Annals of Internal Medicine study finds. A growing proportion of Americans...

Employer-Sponsored Medicare Advantage Enrollment Up 12% for 2019

by Thomas Beaton

Employer-sponsored Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment for plan year 2019 increased by 12 percent, representing a bump of more than 443,000 individual members, according to a new analysis by Mark Farrah Associates. Individual Medicare...

Proposed Rule Alters HRAs to Allow Direct Reimbursement to Employees

by Thomas Beaton

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and HHS have proposed a new rule that would allow employers to directly reimburse employees’ care costs through health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) as an alternative to traditional insurance...

How Employers Can Design High-Quality Cancer Care Benefits

by Thomas Beaton

Designing meaningful and high-quality cancer care benefits is a challenge for employer-sponsored health plans.   Cancer, a costly and complex condition that takes many different forms, requires coordination across the entire...

Pros and Cons of Small Business Health Options Program Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Health plans offered through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges allow payers to provide the nation’s smallest businesses with affordable plan options that offer critical health benefits. SHOP health plans...

Short-Term Wellness Interventions Improve Employee Well-Being

by Thomas Beaton

Short-term wellness interventions can improve employee well-being and may help employers reduce their overall costs while maintaining employee health and productivity, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Health...

Regional Differences Seen in High-Deductible Health Plan Volume

by Thomas Beaton

Regional differences in high-deductible health plan (HDHP) volume and other health plan offerings may help employers adjust insurance offerings in ways that are more valuable to their employees, according to a new report from...

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