A federal judge blocked the proposed $54 billion tie-up between national insurers Anthem and Cigna late Wednesday, saying the combination would harm competition in the national employer market.
Anthem and Cigna Corp. are about to get their chance to fight for their $53 billion merger in a District of Columbia courtroom. The faceoff with the U.S. Justice Department will pit their promised benefits for consumers against providers' bargaining power.
The employer-based health insurance market has mostly stayed intact under President Barack Obama. Employers may continue to alter benefits to push costs onto employees and expand HSAs under a Trump administration, but Republicans also may take aim at their tax exclusion.
More employers are setting up value-based reimbursement and payment arrangements with health insurers and providers to encourage better employee health outcomes and reduce costs, survey data released Tuesday show.
Apple Watches are becoming near-ubiquitous in healthcare and the corporate world, and health insurer Aetna is now investing heavily in the wellness promises of the device.
Employers should, in theory, support the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax. But the political and business reasons for keeping the tax exclusion on employer health benefits trump economics.
Dignity Health has answered a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by a transgender nurse by arguing that civil rights law does not require its self-insured employer health plan to cover gender reassignment-related care.
A survey from the National Business Group on Health found that specialty pharmacy costs are an increasingly high driver of costs for employers.
Federal and state insurance regulators are determining the fate of the pending health insurance mergers, and many large employers won't be disappointed if officials torpedo the deals.
Business consulting company Spooner found itself facing the same challenge its clients and many other employers across the country are grappling with: rapidly rising health plan costs.
Anthem's legal strike against Express Scripts Holding Co. may spur other health insurance companies to re-evaluate their contracts with pharmacy benefits managers to see if they are getting shortchanged on drug savings.