Content about Health insurance

September 26, 2013

H-E-B will not reduce work hours to avoid the health insurance mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a report earlier this month published by the San Antonio Express-News.

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B will not reduce work hours to avoid the health insurance mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a report earlier this month published by the San Antonio Express-News

Currently, almost 60% of H-E-B's 76,000 employee base qualifies for health benefits, the grocer stated, as the company extends coverage to part-time employees who average at least 29 hours per week. 

September 25, 2013

Next year, 7 million people will be using health insurance marketplaces, and that figure will nearly quadruple in five years, according to a coalition of cancer-focused organizations.

WASHINGTON — Next year, 7 million people will be using health insurance marketplaces, and that figure will nearly quadruple in five years, according to a coalition of cancer-focused organizations.

Patient Services Inc., which includes 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations, announced Wednesday the launch of the Cancer Insurance Checklist, designed to help people with cancer, a history of the disease or those at risk of getting it, choose insurance plans in the state-based health insurance marketplaces, which will open on Oct. 1.

September 20, 2013

Only half of the uninsured Americans expected to gain health coverage next year will do so due to a Supreme Court decision that allows states to decide individually whether to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to published reports.

NEW YORK – Only half of the uninsured Americans expected to gain health coverage next year will do so due to a Supreme Court decision that allows states to decide individually whether to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to published reports.

September 18, 2013

Healthcare research firm KLAS has given Emdeon an 89.4-point score in its Enterprise Patient Access report for this year, the healthcare technology company said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Healthcare research firm KLAS has given Emdeon an 89.4-point score in its Enterprise Patient Access report for this year, the healthcare technology company said Wednesday.

Emdeon said it scored highly among vendors offering software systems for preauthorization, verification, electronic orders management and other services when KLAS polled healthcare providers in connection with the report.

September 18, 2013

Walgreens announced that it will provide more than 160,000 eligible employees with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in 2014 through its proprietary “Live Well Benefits Store,” a marketplace that is an outsourced solution through Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced that it will provide more than 160,000 eligible employees with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in 2014 through its proprietary “Live Well Benefits Store,” a marketplace that is an outsourced solution through Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange. The Walgreens program provides more health coverage choices and an opportunity for most employees to lower their out-of-pocket healthcare costs next year.

September 17, 2013

Many seniors mistakenly think that health insurance exchanges will replace Medicare, according to a new survey, which attributes much of the confusion to "conflicting chatter" about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

ST. LOUIS — Many seniors mistakenly think that health insurance exchanges will replace Medicare, according to a new survey, which attributes much of the confusion to "conflicting chatter" about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The survey, conducted in August by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts and titled 50 States of Confusion, comes as the OCT. 1, launch of the exchanges draws near. It included 1,101 seniors currently enrolled in a Medicare plan or who would be eligible for one within 12 months.

September 17, 2013

Are you and your fellow pharmacists ready to start explaining health insurance exchanges and other aspects of the rapidly unfolding health reform law to patients?

Are you and your fellow pharmacists ready to start explaining health insurance exchanges and other aspects of the rapidly unfolding health reform law to patients?

September 13, 2013

Health insurer UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a weeklong education program for Medicare patients, the company said Friday.

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Health insurer UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a weeklong education program for Medicare patients, the company said Friday.

Starting Sunday, one month before Medicare's annual open-enrollment period, UnitedHealthcare's National Medicare Education Week is designed to help baby boomers, existing beneficiaries, their families and caregivers learn more about Medicare. The open-enrollment period lasts from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

September 9, 2013

Starting next month, licensed insurance agents will be at nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores for free consultations with customers about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in conjunction with the start of enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Starting next month, licensed insurance agents will be at nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores for free consultations with customers about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in conjunction with the start of enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

September 9, 2013

Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

ATLANTA — Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

September 5, 2013

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the kickoff to the second half of its annual Project Health wellness campaign.

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.
 

August 29, 2013

The cost of providing employee healthcare benefits at the nation's largest employers is projected to increase 7% in 2014 — the third-consecutive year employers have budgeted this amount, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of more than 265 large U.S. employers.

WASHINGTON — The cost of providing employee healthcare benefits at the nation's largest employers is projected to increase 7% in 2014 — the third-consecutive year employers have budgeted this amount, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of more than 265 large U.S. employers. The survey also found that some employers believe health insurance exchanges could be a viable option for certain populations.

August 28, 2013

Walmart will begin offering health insurance and other benefits to unmarried domestic partners, including same-sex partners, next year, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Walmart will begin offering health insurance and other benefits to unmarried domestic partners, including same-sex partners, next year, according to published reports.

August 22, 2013

Employee wellness programs have become a popular strategy for employers trying to control costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Employee wellness programs have become a popular strategy for employers trying to control costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey released Tuesday.

August 16, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 navigator grant applicants in federally facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 navigator grant applicants in federally facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.

August 8, 2013

Of all the policies to come out of the Obama administration, few have caused more controversy and greater uncertainty than healthcare reform.

Of all the policies to come out of the Obama administration, few have caused more controversy and greater uncertainty than healthcare reform.

Passed and signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed to address the tens of millions of Americans who lack healthcare coverage, and it is expected to add more than 30 million new patients when it takes full effect. Following a legal challenge to the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that one of its key elements, the individual mandate, did not violate the Constitution.

August 8, 2013

One of the biggest problems with the healthcare reform law is that a lot of people out there don't fully understand it. To educate the general public about the law, a few organizations have come up with simple, online tools aimed at dispelling the confusion.

One of the biggest problems with the healthcare reform law is that a lot of people out there don't fully understand it.

To educate the general public about the law, a few organizations have come up with simple, online tools aimed at dispelling the confusion.

August 1, 2013

A new website aims to educate businesses about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — A new website aims to educate businesses about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

July 25, 2013

The majority of employers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania don't plan to change their hiring practices in response to Obamacare, according to a new survey.

TEANECK, N.J. — The majority of employers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania don't plan to change their hiring practices in response to Obamacare, according to a new survey.

July 10, 2013

Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association launched a national campaign to educate consumers about the new healthcare reform law and provide them with key information on how to access coverage and understand other changes they may experience as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association on Wednesday launched a national campaign to educate consumers about the new healthcare reform law and provide them with key information on how to access coverage and understand other changes they may experience as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

July 3, 2013

The Obama administration's delay in implementing a key healthcare provision in 2014 only serves to add confusion around the overall package, especially as individuals will still be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, Mac Crawford, Crawford Ross partner and former CVS Caremark chairman, told Benzinga.

NEW YORK — The Obama administration's delay in implementing a key healthcare provision in 2014 only serves to add confusion around the overall package, especially as individuals will still be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, Mac Crawford, Crawford Ross partner and former CVS Caremark chairman, told Benzinga Wednesday

July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced a one-year delay on a health reform mandate that mid-size and larger employers provide health coverage or pay a penalty to 2015.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a one-year delay on a health reform mandate that mid-size and larger employers provide health coverage or pay a penalty to 2015, according to published reports. 

June 12, 2013

The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

June 11, 2013

Catamaran will provide pharmacy benefit management services to Cigna Corp. for 10 years under a new deal between the PBM and the health insurer.

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Catamaran will provide pharmacy benefit management services to Cigna Corp. for 10 years under a new deal between the PBM and the health insurer.

June 4, 2013

A lot is said about how pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and one health insurer is taking advantage of this by sponsoring a series of special seminars for elderly people.

PHILADELPHIA — A lot is said about how pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and one health insurer is taking advantage of this by sponsoring a series of special seminars for elderly people.