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Benefit Plan Options: More is Better?

July 16, 2019

Workers tend to stick around longer if their employer offers a wide array of benefits. But the key is to provide the right kinds of benefits depending on the age make-up of the workforce, according to the Paycor report, “The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover With Employee Benefits.” Read More

Covered California Individual Premiums Update

July 16, 2019

Covered California announced Tuesday morning that it expects an average premium increase of 0.8 percent for 2020 in the state’s individual marketplace, the lowest such rate change since the health insurance exchange started business in 2013. Read More

Hospitals Block ‘Surprise Billing’ Measure

July 16, 2019

Citing fierce pushback from hospitals, California lawmakers sidelined a bill Wednesday that would have protected some patients from surprise medical bills by limiting how much hospitals could charge them for emergency care. Read More

Trump’s Efforts to Rein In Drug Prices Face Setbacks

July 16, 2019

President Trump’s plan to lower prescription drug prices hit two major obstacles this week. He killed a proposal on Wednesday that would have reduced out-of-pocket costs for older consumers out of concern that it would raise premiums heading into his re-election campaign. And a federal judge threw out a new requirement that drug companies disclose their prices in television ads. Read More

Republicans Make U-Turn on Health Care

July 16, 2019

Senate Republicans are reversing course and now taking a hard look at health care legislation to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act in case the courts strike down former President Obama’s signature achievement. Read More