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4-Tier Drug Plans on the Rise
Specialty drug costs are driving co-pay increases in the top tier of prescription drug plans, along with higher premiums.

Same-Sex Marriage: From Benefit Programs to Harassment Policies
Many workplace policies will be affected by the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s anti-discrimination ruling.

Business-Labor Coalition Seeks to Repeal ‘Cadillac Tax’
The "Alliance to Fight the 40," a diverse coalition of business and labor, has launched an effort to repeal the 40 percent excise tax on high-value health plans set to take effect in 2018.

Reducing Hours to Avoid ACA Obligations Violates ERISA, Suit Alleges
A class action lawsuit should concern employers that have, or might, cut back employee hours to avoid providing health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Urge to Merge: Expect Fewer but Bigger Vendors
With more deals among big health insurers, the clout these mega-vendors would bring to the marketplace is considerable, But they could also reduce competition.

Employers Split on What Consolidation Portends
Will mergers among the biggest names in the health insurance industry translate into better deals for employers and plan participants?

Satisfaction Up for Consumer-Driven Plans
A rising percentage of employees say they are satisfied with high-deductible health plans linked to health savings accounts (HSAs), as more employers contribute to employees’ HSAs.

Penalties Doubled for Failing to File ACA Returns
Congress has doubled the penalties on employers that fail to file Affordable Care Act information returns to the IRS starting in 2016, or that fail to furnish employees with payee statements, as the ACA requires.

Health Costs Projected to Rise 6.5% for 2016
A new report identifies those factors expected to either reduce the rate of growth for health care costs in 2016 or, conversely, to boost the spending trajectory.


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