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Cost of inpatient COVID-19 treatment could top $20,000

COVID-19 hospital treatment for a patient covered by an employer-provided health plan could exceed $20,000 according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of ACA constitutionality

A fast-track appeal that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act will come before the U.S. Supreme Court later this spring.

Telemedicine could take off as coronavirus spreads

The coronavirus outbreak could be the tipping point that finally popularizes the telemedicine option many health insurance plans offer, according to Mary Kay O’Neill, clinical services consultant for the Mercer consulting firm.

Employers call pharmacy benefit costs unsustainable

Sixty percent of large employers say their prescription drug benefits are too costly and have become unsustainable.

Reversal: Supreme Court could fast-track ACA appeal

Less than a month after declining to review an appeal of a 5th Circuit Court decision that invalidated part of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has signaled it might be open to fast-tracking the case after all.

Supreme Court won’t fast-track Affordable Care Act challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 21 denied a motion for a quick hearing on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Liability lurks in work-sponsored ‘happy hour’

Employers that encourage after-work get-togethers may want to temper the social expectations they place on employees, depending on how a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case turns out. The state’s highest court will decide whether attending such events counts as work.

Snapshot: 43% of households include someone with a preexisting condition

Many of those covered by your health benefits “have a long-term medical condition, illness or disease that would be considered a preexisting condition by a health insurance company.”

High-deductible health plans continue to grow

High-deductible consumer-directed health plans continue to grow in popularity, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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.