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U-Haul’s new rule: Nicotine users need not apply

In a move designed to promote employee wellness and cut health insurance costs, truck rental company U-Haul said it will no longer hire nicotine users in 21 states that allow such policies, effective Feb. 1.

25% put off medical care because of cost fears

The 25% delay rate is the highest ever recorded by the Gallup polling organization, and an increase over the 19% recorded in 2018.

Health insurance costs rising faster than incomes

The average annual growth in the cost of premiums and deductibles for employees who get their health insurance through work has outpaced growth in the median U.S. income over the last 10 years.

Workers’ comp model could curb opioid crisis

Abuse of prescription opioids has been cited as one of the leading factors in a recent decline in the life expectancy of working-age Americans. Now a federal program seeks to limit addiction by controlling how much medication injured federal government employees are allowed to receive.

Workers seek lower out-of-pocket health costs

What’s highest on employees’ health insurance wish-lists? Predictable out-of-pocket costs, according to research by Kaiser Health News—even if that means paying higher monthly premiums.

Employers seek new health care cost-control strategies

Curbing the cost of health care and increasing its affordability remain the top priorities for almost all employers over the next three years, according to the 24th annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey by Willis Towers Watson.

Health benefit spending follows the 20/80 rule

A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute finds that a small minority of employees account for a huge majority of health insurance plan spending.

Higher health premiums mean less spent elsewhere

More than 80% of adults told pollsters they would have to cut back on other spending when health care costs increase.

Survey: Most employers offer wellness benefits

Employers are going beyond providing traditional health benefits to address employees’ well-being, finds a survey from the Robert Half staffing firm.

Average family health premiums now top $20,000

Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 5% to average $20,576 this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s just-released 2019 Employer Health Benefits Survey.