Total health-benefit cost growth for employer-based insurance has slowed to a near-record low in recent years, but it's employees who are feeling the pinch.
Aetna's third-quarter net income jumped 7.8% compared with the year-ago period as membership growth in its Medicare and Medicaid businesses offset membership losses in its commercial segment.
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.
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Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.
Health insurance premiums for the benchmark exchange plans are set to rise 25% on average in 2017—an eye-popping figure that has fueled another wave of criticism by Republicans seeking to dismantle the ACA. But policy experts say the projected hikes are unlikely to affect most enrollees.