Benefits & Compensation News

Did firm try to lower premiums by ditching ‘oldest and sickest’ workers?

There are plenty of legal tactics employers can use to lower their healthcare premiums. Firing workers over the age of 65 is not one of those tactics, however. [Read more…]

Study predicts monthly costs of opting out of Obamacare

When the penalty phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally kicks in, HR pros know it can be costly if their company decides not to offer employees health insurance. But until recently, there’s been little research on exactly how much it’s likely to cost a company that opts not to play. [Read more…]

Obamacare: For small firms, a 49% premium bump is ‘small’

Based on some of the staggering numbers cited in a recent health reform study, the little guys will face some enormous challenges if they wish to continue offering healthcare coverage to their employees. [Read more…]

A new kind of health insurance: Is this what reform should look like?

There’s a new insurance company in the marketplace, and it’s doing some strange and wonderful things. [Read more…]

Chamber of Commerce drops ACA repeal effort, then slams law

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just announced it’ll be ending its feverish efforts to repeal Obamacare, but that doesn’t mean it’s done an about-face on the law. [Read more…]

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Are employees happy with their healthcare benefits?

When employees are satisfied with their company sponsored health insurance, they tend to be happier workers. So the question is: Are your workers happy with their coverage, or has Obamacare spoiled the party for everyone? [Read more…]

What is employees’ second most-desired benefit?

Health insurance is the undisputed No. 1 most-valued company-sponsored benefit among employees today — by far. But what’s No. 2? Retirement savings? PTO? [Read more…]

Breaking down the feds’ final Mental Health Parity rule

After reviewing nearly 6,000 public comments, the DOL, HHS and Treasury just released the final rule on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Here’s a summary of what it does. [Read more…]

Why is health insurance so expensive? [Graphic]

One of the questions that so many people in the U.S. have is: “Why is my health insurance so expensive?” Americans also want to know if the high prices they’re paying are normal, when compared to everyone else. This infographic from Carrington College strives to answer those questions. [Read more…]

Final regs on individual mandate released: 7 things to tell employees now

Ever since the Obama Administration announced it would be delaying enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate to provide health insurance, the natural inclination has been to wonder: What’s this mean for the individual mandate? Finally, we have answers you should pass along to your employees. [Read more…]