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Out-of-pocket costs rising twice as fast as pay

Employer strategies to shift more health care costs to employees are working.

More workers now eligible for health insurance

The number of workers eligible to receive health coverage through their jobs rose from 2014 through 2018, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Survey: Health, financial wellness benefits work

Among the wellness benefits found to be most effective in the survey by the Prudential insurance company were those that help employees monitor and improve their health, access gyms, get advice on fitness or diet and battle addictions such as smoking.

ACA ‘Cadillac tax’ repealed in House, Senate likely to follow suit

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives on July 17 voted 419-6 to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s unpopular, much-delayed excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans.

Snapshot: Telemedicine takes off!

Almost three-fourths of employer-provided health plans now offer a telemedicine component so employees can consult a health care provider by phone or video chat.

Snapshot: Few employers pay 100% of health premiums

83% of employers require employees to pay part of health insurance premiums.

New rule to expand use of HRAs

The Trump administration has issued a final regulation that will expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements.

Texas ‘gig’ workers soon ineligible for unemployment comp

It’s a hot legal issue: What are workers who utilize online digital platforms to obtain business and deliver services to third parties? Are they employees or independent contractors? Some federal agencies have already weighed in. Now Texas may be reducing some uncertainty, at least where unemployment benefits are concerned.

In L.A., a cautionary tale of self-insured health coverage

Most employers worry about how to contain their health care costs. But some seemingly innovative solutions, such as multi-employer self-insurance plans, may not be as good as they appear to be—if they are irresponsibly administered.

Wellness may help workers more than employers

Workplace wellness programs may benefit employees, but they don’t necessarily improve organizational effectiveness.