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Next Health-Care Fight? Out-of-Pocket Costs

Until now, the fight over health care reform has mostly been a battle over two numbers: how many Americans have insurance, and how much they pay in premiums. It may be time to think more seriously about a third number: out-of-pocket costs. Read more.

Employers Shift More Health Costs to Workers, Survey Finds

Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — four percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey. The average premium for single coverage rose to $6,251 while the average premium for a family plan increased to $17,545, according to a survey published Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Read more.

Top 10 Compliance Issues for Employers

As employers prepare their health benefit packages for 2016, they must be up-to-date with current ACA and other developments that impact health plans. Here are the top 10 compliance-related issues employers should address during their planning, according to Mercer. Read more.

Health Care Premiums Up, Employers Look for Cadillac Tax Curbing Measures

If an employer says they don’t have concerns about the Affordable Care Act’s looming excise tax set to go into effect in 2018, they’re probably fibbing. One in five employers with 200 or more employees say their health plans will exceed the threshold limits which begin in 2018, according to the latest report from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Read more.

California Launches Price Transparency Tool But Lacks Provider-Specific Data

The California Department of Insurance has launched a tool for consumers to compare price and quality information for providers in their region. But there are concerns about the level of data available and whether consumers can use it to comparison shop. Read more.

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