Percentage Of Middle Age And Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions Rose Significantly Over Ten Years

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, the percentage of adults aged 45-64 and 65 and over with two or more of nine selected chronic conditions increased for both men and women, all racial and ethnic groups examined, and most income groups, the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control […]

California Employers Turn To Wellness Programs To Combat Preventable And Chronic Illnesses: SHRM

More than one-half of organizations in California offer wellness programs for their employees, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The study found that 58 percent of employers in the state report having a wellness program, the survey showed. In the U.S. overall, 61 percent of employers provide them. The snapshot […]

Health Reform Provisions Prompt Retiree Medical Plan Sponsors To Retool, Aon Hewitt Reports

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is affecting long-term retiree medical benefits strategies, even as fewer workers have access to these benefits, a recent survey from Aon Hewitt determined. The Aon Hewitt data shows the continued trend toward reducing or eliminating retiree health care coverage, which generally began with […]

Satisfaction Levels Rising Among CDHP Enrollees, But Traditional Plans Are Still Preferred

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: Although satisfaction levels are rising among people enrolled in consumer-driven health plans (CDHP), traditional-health plan enrollees remained more likely than CDHP or high deductible health plan (HDHP) enrollees to be extremely or very satisfied with their overall plan, according to a recent report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). At […]

IRS, DOL, HHS Issue Guidance On ACA Shared Responsibility For Employers, Waiting Periods

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: The Internal Revenue Service, and the Departments of the Treasury, Labor (DOL), and Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments), simultaneously, but separately, have issued two notices, Notice 2012-58 and Notice 2012-59, respectively, providing guidance on two provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). IRS Notice 2012-58 describes […]

Many Employers Missing Key Opportunities To Use Benefits Communication To Improve Benefits Program Success

Given the combined pressures of health care reform, an unsettled economy, and an unhealthy and financially unstable workforce, HR professionals are increasingly looking to benefits communication to motivate behavior change among employees and families, and help manage costs, according to Benz Communications’ Inside Benefits Communication survey. “This is a critical time for employee benefits, and […]

Majority Of Employers Will Offer Health Coverage For The Foreseeable Future

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), 88 percent of employers have affirmed their commitment to offer health care benefits to their active employees for the foreseeable future, according to a survey from Towers Watson. This commitment (up 17 percentage points from 2011) […]

Health And Retirement Benefits: The Impact And Influence of Tax Incentives Considered

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: Workers routinely rank their employment-based health coverage as the most important benefit they receive, followed by a retirement plan—but the tax preferences that support them are drawing increased scrutiny, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) noted. Consequently, EBRI recently held a day-long policy forum in Washington, D.C., titled ‘After’ Math: The […]

HHS Amends PCIP Program Eligibility

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has amended the eligibility requirements of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) to incorporate a new process announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The amendment to the interim final rules, originally published on July 30, 2010, was published in the August […]