Fewer Spouses Covered on Employee Benefit Plans


This article was published on August 5, 2019 on IFEBP.org written by Lois Gleason, CEBS. More and more employers are seeking cost savings by discouraging or blocking employees from enrolling a spouse in the employer’s health plan. Here’s what you need to know about the growing trend of spousal carve-outs: Image Source: IFEPB.org [...]

Fewer Spouses Covered on Employee Benefit Plans2019-08-21T08:00:05+00:00

Is Direct Primary Care the Future?


A fee-based model that gives individuals unlimited access to a primary care physician without their insurance being billed is being heralded as the right prescription for healthcare. Most patient needs, such as consulting, tests, drugs and treatment are included, and no insurance billing is involved. Sources estimate there are about 1,000 direct primary care practices [...]

Is Direct Primary Care the Future?2019-08-08T08:00:45+00:00

Flexibility Means Retention


Research reported by the Execu Search Group shows that flexibility may very well be the key to keeping millennials engaged. Allowing more vacation time, better training and a more flexible work schedule, including the ability to work at home when needed, are keys that will make young people happier and more productive. The SHRM says [...]

Flexibility Means Retention2019-08-01T08:00:32+00:00

House Votes to Repeal the Cadillac Tax


On July 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted across bipartisan lines to repeal the ACA’s Cadillac Tax. The final vote in the House was 419-6 in favor of repeal. The tax was designed as a penalty tax on high-value health coverage, to convince health plan sponsors to reduce benefits and keep costs down by [...]

House Votes to Repeal the Cadillac Tax2019-07-22T10:57:06+00:00

Isn’t Everyone Entitled to Know the Cost of Care?


The President’s Executive Order Demands Healthcare Cost Transparency We have long chronicled the huge price swings that often exist among healthcare providers in the same locales. To combat this situation and help patients find low cost, high-quality care, the President recently signed an executive order directing HHS to develop rules requiring hospitals to publish clear [...]

Isn’t Everyone Entitled to Know the Cost of Care?2019-07-11T08:00:13+00:00

Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Law


On June 25, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave law. Below are some highlights from the new law: Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Key Dates June 25, 2019 – CT Governor signs legislation into law; January 1, 2021 - Employee payroll tax begins; January 1, 2022 [...]

Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Law2019-07-01T11:03:28+00:00

Flying to Centers of Excellence


CNBC recently featured a story about Walmart and their history of not only suggesting that employees visit Centers of Excellence for surgeries and second opinions but flying them all expenses paid. The case study revealed that between 2015 and 2018, more than half of their employees suffering from spine pain were able to avoid surgery [...]

Flying to Centers of Excellence2019-06-27T08:00:14+00:00

Expanding HRA Options Effective 2020


On June 13, 2019, The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued the final rule expanding health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) which allows employers greater flexibility in the breadth and scope of HRAs available for their employees. Background: Since 2013, regulations have prohibited employers from paying for an employee’s individual health insurance policy [...]

Expanding HRA Options Effective 20202019-06-25T08:00:06+00:00

Hospitals charge employers 240% more than Medicare


Researchers hope the study will give private payors a better grasp of what health care costs are, and allow them to compare prices within a state and across states. (Photo: Shutterstock) This article was published on May 13, 2019 on BenefitsPro written by Scott Wooldridge. Prices range from 150 percent of Medicare prices [...]

Hospitals charge employers 240% more than Medicare2019-05-15T10:10:24+00:00

More Value-Based Payments


According to a public-private partnership launched by HHS, the percentage of U.S. healthcare payments tied to value-based care rose to 34% in 2017, a 23% increase since 2015. Fee-for-service Medicare data and data from 61 health plans and 3 fee-for-service Medicaid states with spending tied to shared savings, shared risk, population-based payments and bundled payments [...]

More Value-Based Payments2019-05-09T08:00:43+00:00