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Emergency Room Use Varies by Income, Education, Race
Employees’ likelihood of using the emergency room varies along demographic lines. Encouraging alternatives can lower costs.

More Employers Adopt an FSA Carryover Option
This year, 60 percent of U.S. employers that offered employees flexible spending accounts (FSAs) opted to also provide a carryover option for employee contributions, up from 49 percent a year earlier.

Survey: Employers Likely to Outsource ACA Reporting
Affordable Care Act reporting requirements are leading employers toward outsourced solutions. The type of vendors being considered vary based on employer size and workforce factors.

Ruling: Plan Documents and Claims Denial
The 9th Circuit held that the district court erred in reviewing for an abuse of discretion IBM's denial of a claim for disability benefits.

Planning a Specialty Drug Strategy Through 2020
Traditional prescription benefit management is not well suited to accommodate the emerging clinical capabilities—let alone the daunting cost—of specialty drugs.

Putting a White Label on 401(k) Investment Funds
De-branding funds in 401(k) investment menus by only using generic asset-class wrappers has its share of advocates and critics.

‘Big Data’ Improves Value of Health and Savings PlansAnalyzing data from benefit plans can help direct communications to employees most in need of aid, such as those who skip preventative care or leave chronic conditions untreated—or who aren’t saving enough.

Workers Plan to Postpone Retirement, If They Can
The age at which workers expect to retire has been steadily rising. But this trend may be slowing.

Use of Revised SBC Templates Delayed Until 2017
A final rule streamlining health plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage templates is expected soon, but it won't apply next year.


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