What Comes Next?
By Andrew R. McIlvaine, Senior Editor
Lots of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of being required by law to purchase health insurance. And sometime soon -- probably later this month -- the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on the matter when it announces its ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Marlene Prost
In an effort to help employees better understand their benefit options -- and make them partners in the effort to control costs -- some companies are making serious changes to their benefits-communication strategies.
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
A strong partnership between HR and finance is increasingly important as companies struggle to lower costs and comply with healthcare reform.
Binge Eating Impacts Productivity
In what is said to be the study linking binge eating to decreased workplace productivity, researchers say organizations should address this risk by addressing it in health-risk assessments and routine screening.
Rooting Out Domestic Abuse
By Bob Calandra
A recent study finds that, while some employee-assistance programs can offer help to victims of intimate-partner abuse, none has a standardized program to screen and offer help to perpetrators of such violence. Fear of legal ramifications is part of the reason, but HR leaders can work with their EAPs to enhance services.
Preventing Needless Disability
Why do some workers find themselves permanently disabled when medical evidence suggests they should be able to recover from their injuries? Understanding neuroscience may offer a solution.
Specialty Drugs, Spiraling Costs
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
Specialty drugs are providing relief for sufferers of many chronic illnesses -- as long as they can pay for the treatment. Spending on such drugs accounted for one-fifth of all drug expenditures in the country in 2009, and it's expected to continue to grow.
Health Reform Rests its Case
By Denis Wilson, Risk & Insurance®
With an unprecedented three days of hearings, demonstrating protestors and a nation's healthcare future hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court had its most hotly contested case in years -- reviewing the Obama Administration's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Financial Stress Strains Physical Well-Being
By Kristen B. Frasch
It appears there is now proof that helping employees deal with their finances can help companies cut healthcare costs and boost productivity.
HSAs Trending Up
By Katie Kuehner-Hebert
Employees are become more comfortable with the idea of health-savings accounts, but HR leaders need to make sure their organization's policies and procedures support enrollment in such accounts.