U.S. Corporate Health Exchanges Find No New Blue Chip Clients
Healthcare companies including Aetna, Mercer and Towers Watson have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. But Reuters interviews with nearly a dozen industry executives has found that no major U.S. company signed up their employees for the first time to a private health insurance exchange for 2015.
A Government Accountability Office report examined which companies are dominating health insurance sales in a state-by-state comparison. The researchers found that, in 37 states, three companies tend to dominate. And, in many of those states, a single company has the lion’s share of individual, small and large group business.
With so many changes happening with our tax code every year, it is really important that you sit down and review how they will affect your family finances. As 2015 approaches, one tax issue that could affect your family centers around the changes related to flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts.
Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives
Companies with fewer than 50 workers have no obligation under Obamacare to offer a plan. Now they often have good reason not to. If employees qualify for government subsidies, everybody can win. Owners don’t have to pay premiums, meaning they can give workers raises, invest in equipment or add to profits instead.
The Odd Math of Medical Tests: One Scan, Two Prices, Both High
Testing has become to the United States’ medical system what liquor is to the hospitality industry: a profit center with large and often arbitrary markups. With pricing uncoupled from the actual cost of business, large disparities have evolved.