Category Archives: National News

  1. Healthcare Spending Hits Record High Despite Flat Rates of Utilization

    The average annual health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high of $5,641 in 2017. By Scott Wooldridge Health care spending in the U.S. continues to increase, a new study from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) finds. Overall, per-person spending increased 4.2 percent in 2017, the report found. The average annual health care spending…

  2. Why mobile should be a part of your benefits communication strategy

    HR leaders still using breakroom posters, emailed memos or snail mail are missing the mark on communicating to a large percentage of their employee base. As many HR professionals can attest, communicating information such as benefits to employees can be a daunting task. Keeping up-to-date on ever-changing policies and regulations and helping employees understand what they all mean can be…

  3. Total comp statements: Should you show employees the big picture?

    While employers may have legitimate concerns about such initiatives, experts say the rewards outweigh the risks. Every pay period, your employees can look at their pay stub and see how much they’re earning. But do they see the whole picture? Pay stubs may contain standard employee information such as salary, bonuses, taxes and other deductions,…

  4. The Electronics Industry Sees Money In Your Health

    Eric Taub LAS VEGAS — If the scores of personal health care devices at the Consumer Electronics Show last week are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush by high-tech companies to capitalize on people’s worries about their health. The latest version of the watch, which was announced last…

  5. Cigna brings together Ted Danson, Queen Latifah and Nick Jonas to encourage everyone to take control of their physical and emotional health

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global health service company Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) today unveiled a new initiative championing its whole person approach to health and well-being. The company is bringing together three cultural icons, Queen Latifah, Nick Jonas and Ted Danson, to encourage everyone to schedule their annual check-up and talk openly and honestly with their health…

  6. Without Obamacare Penalty, Think It’ll Be Nice To Drop Your Plan? Better Think Twice

    Dana Farrell’s car insurance is due. So is her homeowner’s insurance — plus her property taxes. It’s also time to re-up her health coverage. But that’s where Farrell, a 54-year-old former social worker, is drawing the line. “I’ve been retired two years and my savings is gone. I’m at my wit’s end,” says the Murrieta,…

  7. WBD News Flash: Weekly industry highlights 12/17/18

    Welcome to the WBD News Flash, your weekly highlight of HR benefits and healthcare news. Weekly, we will provide you with the top trending industry news stories in healthcare, human resources, legislation, benefits technology and administration, and more. Make the WBD News Flash your go to reference for current events! In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms For…

  8. America’s Health Care Spending Keeps Rising Really Slowly. Seriously. You’re probably not seeing this in your own health care costs, though.

    There’s good news in the latest official government report on national health care spending. That will be a surprise to most people who actually use the American health care system. Last year, the rate of growth in the total amount of money U.S. residents, businesses and governments spent on health care was just 3.9 percent,…

  9. WBD News Flash: Weekly industry highlights 12/10/18

    Welcome to the WBD News Flash, your weekly highlight of HR benefits and healthcare news. Weekly, we will provide you with the top trending industry news stories in healthcare, human resources, legislation, benefits technology and administration, and more. Make the WBD News Flash your go to reference for current events! Silicon Valley’s Solutions To Elderly Care, Diabetes And…

  10. WBD News Flash: Weekly industry highlights 12/03/18

    Welcome to the WBD News Flash, your weekly highlight of HR benefits and healthcare news. Weekly, we will provide you with the top trending industry news stories in healthcare, human resources, legislation, benefits technology and administration, and more. Make the WBD News Flash your go to reference for current events!​ How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation Satisfied employees…