Just over a third of small business employees satisfied with benefits

When asked what they think of their small employer health benefits packages, only 33 percent of workers reported feeling satisfied, while 20 percent were disappointed, according to the 2017 Aflac Small Business Happiness Report. The survey found 13 percent were happy with their benefits, 6 percent felt ignored, and 3 percent reported feeling angry about […]

Rising health care benefit costs show no sign of abating globally, Willis Towers Watson survey finds

The cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight, according to a survey of medical insurers by Willis Towers Watson. Insurers continue to blame the cost of hospital/inpatient and outpatient medical services, advanced medical technology, and the overuse and overprescribing of services as the primary factors […]

Employers expect to keep popular ACA provisions, despite potential for law’s repeal

As the Senate will now take up the task of perhaps repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers expect to retain some of the law’s popular provisions, even if they are not required to by a new law, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Six hundred and sixty-six employers responded, […]

Generational split on health benefits led by millennials

There are major differences between younger Millennial workers and their older Gen X and Baby Boomer colleagues when it comes to how they view and use health benefits, according to a recent analysis from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS) by EBRI and Greenwald & Associates finds […]

Cardiac monitoring service breaches of unsecured ePHI leads to settlement with OCR

CardioNet, Inc. (CardioNet), an ambulatory cardiac monitoring service, has entered into a resolution agreement with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to settle allegations of breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) affecting a total of 3,610 individuals on two separate occasions. CardioNet has agreed pay HHS $2,500,00 and comply with a corrective […]

Majority oppose use of hardball negotiating tactics to replace ACA

With President Trump and Congress continuing to discuss repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, a majority of the public opposes using hardball tactics as a way to force Democrats in Congress to negotiate a replacement, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds. President Trump recently suggested that his administration and Congress could push Democrats […]

HHS finalizes rule to improve marketplace stability

To improve the risk pool and otherwise stabilize the individual insurance market, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a final rule changing several components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace enrollment process and administration. The changes include modification of the dates for open enrollment, an enhanced pre-enrollment […]

ACA’s risk adjustment program reduced claims costs per enrollee, study shows

ACA’s risk adjustment program reduced claims costs per enrollee, study shows Although the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain, a recent study, published in the March issue of Health Affairs, sought to inform the discussion of how risk-sharing programs brought pursuant to the ACA can address risk selection. Specifically […]

IRS spotlights employer shared responsibility payments

The IRS has updated its webpage with a fact sheet containing information about the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). An applicable large employer (ALE) may be subject to an employer shared responsibility payment if it fails to offer minimum essential coverage or if it fails to offer […]

Majority support paid leave, but think employers should foot the bill

Many local and state governments recently have enacted laws to provide workers with access to paid family and sick leave. A recent study from Pew Research Center has found that Americans largely support paid leave, and most say that employers, rather than the federal and state government, should cover the costs of providing paid leave. […]