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Enrollment in Private Exchanges May Surpass Public Exchanges by 2018

Enrollment in private health insurance exchanges is likely to match enrollment in public exchanges by 2017 and may exceed it in 2018, an Accenture study found. According to the Accenture analysis, in 2017, approximately 18% of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges, radically transforming the health insurance landscape.  Many employers favor private exchanges because they offer defined contribution plans and opportunities to customize supplemental offerings such... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Only Modest Premium Increases Seen in 2013: Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Survey

The Kaiser Family Foundation's 2013 Employer Health Survey, released August 20, 2013, found that there were only modest increases for both single and family premiums in 2013. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,565 toward the cost of their coverage. During the same period, workers' wages and general inflation were up 1.8 percent and 1.1 percent respectively. This year's rise in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New MBGH Staff Will Focus on Worksite Health & Wellness

Memphis Business Group on Health is pleased to announce that Tara Hill has joined our staff as Project Coordinator to assist our members in planning worksite health and wellness strategies, including early program implementation, and to coordinate MBGH's CEO Culture of Health initiative. Tara is available to provide assistance to MBGH members and employers who have signed on to the CEO Culture of Health initiative. As part of that assistance, she can: perform a brief worksite health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Methodist's Gary Shorb Calls Hospital Charge Systems "Crazy"

In an interview with Memphis' Commercial Appeal, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare's CEO Gary Shorb calls the current system of hospital charges "crazy" and helps us understand why charges have become so high and, for many, meaningless. Read MBGH's blog post on the hub-bub created when Medicare released hospital charges back in May 2013. MBGH's August 29, 2013 Annual Conference "Follow the Money: You Get What You Pay For" focuses on how employers and patients SHOULD pay for care and why we... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, August 18, 2013

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