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Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna merger

Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna merger

By Shelby Livingston  |  February 08, 2017

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.

What to expect when Anthem and Cigna meet the Justice Department in court

What to expect when Anthem and Cigna meet the Justice Department in court

By Erica Teichert  |  November 18, 2016

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.

Skimpier employer coverage may accelerate under Trump administration

By Bob Herman and Shelby Livingston  |  November 11, 2016

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 join push for value-based healthcare

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 05, 2016

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.

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

By Bob Herman  |  September 27, 2016

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 hate the Cadillac tax. Why?

Employers hate the Cadillac tax. Why?

By Bob Herman  |  September 10, 2016

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.

Self-funded health plans can save money, up risks

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  May 31, 2016

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.

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