Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

PPACA Continues to Evolve: Automatic Enrollment Gone, Is Cadillac Tax Next?

Margaret Thatcher is reputed to have said, “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”  Perhaps that is the right model for employers to consider when it comes to changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continue reading →

PPACA Update: Extensions are Over, Penalties Await Late Filers

Most employers that sponsor group medical plans (all applicable large employers and those smaller employers that self-fund their plans) have a new reporting obligation for 2016 under the PPACA. The IRS means it this time — no more delays. It’s … Continue reading →

Survey Reveals Growth and Strength in Workplace Wellness

Wellness programs appear to be more entrenched in employer strategies. The 2015 Willis Health and Productivity Study surveyed more than 700 employers across the United States to find out how broad and how deep they were going with their wellness … Continue reading →

Survey: More Employers Are Embracing Value on Investment for Wellness Programs But Medical Cost Concerns Loom Greater Than Ever

Health and Wellness Survey: ROI vs VOI

According to the recently-released 2015 Willis Health and Productivity Survey, this year will be remembered as a watershed year for employer-sponsored health and wellness programs. Organizations continue to evaluate the need to implement and/or enhance their health and wellness programs … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2015

Scariest Risks of 2015

As Halloween approaches and darkness falls earlier every day, we at WillisWire find ourselves reflecting not on make-believe monsters but on the frightening real risks our clients faced during the year. Thirteen of our bloggers submitted what they thought were … Continue reading →

The Cadillac Tax is Politically Unpopular – So is Repeal a “Done” Deal?

Willis is a member of the Alliance to Fight the 40 – the reference is to the 40% excise tax on so-called “Cadillac” plans that is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Alliance used that … Continue reading →

Understanding the Impact of Pharmacy Costs and How to Cushion the Blow

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In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have shifted gears: from developing drugs that treat common or more prevalent diseases, to spending billions to develop drugs that combat or even cure cancer or rare diseases. This includes drugs for chronic conditions such … Continue reading →

Using Data to Drive Down Health Care Costs

medical cost distribution

Recognizing that a relatively small minority of individuals drives the overwhelming majority of costs is fundamental to understanding how medical services are consumed. Continue reading →

Targeting High Cost and High Risk Using Healthcare Data Analytics

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A textiles manufacturer was concerned that their medical costs had been climbing. They were not satisfied that their current medical plan carrier was doing enough to pinpoint cost drivers, or that they were doing enough to mitigate increases. They were … Continue reading →

Improving Your Employees’ Access to Medical Care Using Data Analytics

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A fast food restaurant chain operating in 24 states in the Southeast and Midwest was struggling with medical cost inflation. Their year-to-year trend had actually outpaced market rates. This caught the CFO’s attention. Continue reading →