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May 9, 2019: How to successfully implement RBP: Litigation or negotiation?

By Emma Passé

Let's break down the how and why of reference-based pricing and dispel some of the most common myths along the way. Most of you have heard me speak about reference-based pricing by now. It’s no secret to anyone who follows me on professional social media platforms that I am a fan. While the spotlight on this subject is getting warmer by the day, the controversial opinions of followers often feel a little cold. Read More

5 health policy bills you should be watching

By Allison Bell

One of employers' top health account legislation experts shares part of his tracking list. Members of Congress are returning from a spring break this week with health insurance on their minds. The House Rules Committee, for example, is set to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to package H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 bill, for action on the House floor. Read More

How different are millennials' life goals from their parents'?

By Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Millennials are feeling pressured to hit some key life milestones. Baby boomer parents tend to pressure their millennial offspring to meet certain life goals at an early age – more so than they, themselves, were pressured by their own parents, according to Porch’s report, “Family Pressures and Expectations.” Read More

Elder care benefits: A growing need for the U.S. workforce

By Jessie Campbell

As employees’ parents and family members grow older, many workers take on the role of caregiver. More than 1 in 6 Americans working full-time or part-time report assisting with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative or friend. Of this group, nearly half report feeling they have no choice about taking on these responsibilities. That is why many struggle in silence, choosing not to share their situation with employers out of fear for the impact on their career or a desire for privacy. Read More

10 states with the lowest financial literacy: 2019

By Emily Zulz

In Jeff Parsons’ years teaching in the department of finance at the California State University, Fullerton, he’s asked many of his students if they received any formal personal financial education. “Usually about less than 5% raise their hand,” Parsons said in a statement. “Those that have prior education say it came from either a private high school or was taught as a segment of a general economics class.” This lack of education is apparent in WalletHub’s latest study that ranks states by financial literacy. Read More

Judge recuses himself from UnitedHealth lawsuit, citing 'barbaric' denial of treatment

By Zach Schlein

A federal judge who survived prostate cancer has stepped down from a putative class action lawsuit over a health insurance company’s “immoral and barbaric” denial of a radiation treatment. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Monday recused himself from Richard Cole v. United Healthcare Insurance Co. in the Southern District of Florida — a case in which prominent Miami litigator and Cole, Scott & Kissane managing partner Richard Cole is the named plaintiff. Read More

How small changes can lead to huge prescription drug savings

By Jim Blachek

When many business owners look at how much they spend on benefits, the costs seem so astronomical that creating significant savings can seem impossible. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) estimated last year that employers would spend an average of $14,800 per employee in 2019, and given how healthcare costs have steadily risen over recent years, this number isn’t likely to decrease any time soon. Read More

11 key Social Security facts you need to know

By Michael D. Thomas

The actual take-home value of your Social Security benefits can vary greatly depending your age, work history and tax situation. Here are answers to some of the most common Social Security questions. Read More

Jeff Sopko