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Survey Shows Many Employers Not Waiting Until November Elections to Implement ACA Reforms

From the National Business Coalition on Health: A recent Mercer survey of 4,000 employers, conducted the week after the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, revealed that a majority said they had been waiting for the Court's decision before developing a strategy to respond to the law’s provisions slated to go into effect in 2014 and beyond. While 40% said they will begin taking action now that the court has ruled, another 16% said they will continue to wait until after the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Survey Finds Wellness Strategies Gaining Traction as Way to Curb Health Cost Increases

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Global costs for employee health benefits are expected to increase this year, but wellness programs are gaining traction as a way to keep people healthier and lower long-term costs, according to the  2012 Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey  of insurers. Towers Watson officials say the rate of cost increases is slowing and 29% of insurers reported using wellness programs as one way to control costs. While traditional cost... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, July 28, 2012

House Subcommittee Approves Appropriations Bill Cutting Funding for ACA Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: In a formal mark-up session on July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee approved a draft fiscal year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill , which would establish a blueprint for the funding of these agencies’ regulatory activities. Generally, the draft bill includes $150 billion in discretionary funding, which is $6.3... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, July 28, 2012

Participate in the Annual Purchasing Power Survey

Modern Healthcare has opened its annual Healthcare Purchasing Power survey for participation. This survey examines how much major employers spend on providing health care benefits and services to their employees; essentially, who pays for health care and how much it costs.  Co-sponsored by NBCH and the Leapfrog Group, this survey recognizes the growing power employers have to dictate how health care services are delivered. Participating companies are ranked by their health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Employers Are Addressing Obesity, But There is More to Do

A survey of small to mid-sized employers conducted by the National Business Coalition on Health in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Safety Council, shows that employers are already addressing obesity in the work place, but that there is still more to do. Major findings include: Obesity prevention should be framed as an overall healthy lifestyle issue Leadership is necessary at all levels Resources and partners are... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, July 9, 2012

Don’t Place Curbs on ‘Stop-Loss’ Insurance, GOP Lawmakers Tell Administration

Three Republican senators have warned the Obama administration not to place new limits on the issuance of “stop-loss” insurance, which employers purchase in order to operate self-insured health plans. A recent Federal Register notice issued by the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services suggests that the agencies “may be considering actions to limit stop-loss coverage for small and medium plans, which would be outside the limits of the administration’s existing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, July 9, 2012

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