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Your Employer's Wellness Program Can Demand Your DNA

Al Lewis | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

Imagine if, as part of your workplace wellness program, your human resources department and your health insurance company could make you fork over some DNA.

Why Health Insurers May Be Destined to Follow Blockbuster Into Irrelevance

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Remember Blockbuster? In its heyday -- which wasn't so long ago -- Blockbuster had 60,000 employees and 9,000 locations. For most Americans, for a minute anyway, it was the place to rent a movie.

5 Things You Need to Know About Telecommuting

Jacob Morgan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

The debates around open vs. closed office spaces are continuing to heat up and I still think these debates are absolutely pointless. As I've said many times, the debate shouldn't be around cubicle or open space, it should instead be all about workplace flexibility.

Can Etsy Keep its Edge Post-IPO? 3 Ways to Defy Capital Market Norms

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The buzz about Etsy's IPO runs something like this... the company that connects artisans and home-based craft makers to a new kind of consumer hungry for unique products -- has met its nemesis: the public equity markets.

Insurers Hire a Liberal Congresswoman to Lead Their Newest Phony Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington's infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, perceived by many to be a liberal Democrat, as the face of its latest K Street-operated front group.

It's Official: Employee Wellness Is a "Scam"

Al Lewis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

No Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision enjoys more bipartisan support than the provision encouraging employers to pay or fine employees based on their health and health behaviors, a practice known as "workplace wellness."

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Maureen Conway | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Maureen Conway

Co-authored by Judith Samuelson Inside of a few weeks, business has shifted the national dialogue about what constitutes a fair wage. Aetna CEO Mark B...

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Inequality is a problem for everyone -- for business, for the health of the democracy and for society at large. Our free-enterprise system is the driver of income and wealth. Business leaders don't have to wait for government solutions to the inequality problem. They have the tools at hand -- they just need the courage to step away from the pack and use them.

The More Skin We Put in the Game, the More Wall Street Likes It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Wendell Potter

One way for Aetna to satisfy Wall Street was to begin shifting more and more of the cost of health care -- and health insurance -- to their customers. That meant that sick policyholders in particular would be paying more out of their own pocket for their care. Our marketing folks came up with an almost Orwellian name for this cost shifting: "consumer-driven health care."

Proof! Happier and Healthier Heart Patients Generate Savings

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

It's quite a thing to start a company like AbilTo and to be lucky enough to to see it grow and prosper. This is particularly the case because we are i...

The ABCs of Mindful Living: Authenticity, Balance & Compassion

Ira Israel | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

To help people understand what it means to live mindfully, I have broken it down to ABCs.

Health Insurers' Stock Soars as They Dump Small Business Customers

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Among those who apparently have not yet benefited much at all, at least so far, are owners of small businesses who would like to keep offering coverage to their employees but can no longer afford it. They can't afford it because insurers keep jacking their rates up so high every year that more and more of them are dropping employee health benefits altogether.

This CEO Fought For Better Wages At His Company. Guess What Happened.

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business

Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, explained how he increased wages for his workers, arguing that taking better care of his employees would in turn lead to...

To the CEO of Aetna: Three More ideas to Reduce Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Cynics will point out that while Aetna may be a first mover in the health care industry, the total cost of Bertolini's announcement is chump change. Aetna's profits weigh in at about $2 billion per year.

Aetna CEO Asked Execs To Read Piketty, Then Gave His Lowest-Paid Workers A Raise

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business

One CEO has taken a step that could help fend off Thomas Piketty's nightmare vision of rising wealth inequality: He's giving thousands of his workers a raise.

Health Insurers (and Their Shareholders) Win Midterm Election!

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Insurers know the president won't allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which will be good for future profits, and they also know they can count on the Republicans to push through legislation to get rid of the health plan tax and let them sell low-value policies again.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

The Journey Of Personal and Organizational Wellness

Mark T. Bertolini | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Mark T. Bertolini

Helping employees build resilience and reduce stress isn't just the right thing to do -- it can also help the bottom line.

Big Insurance Companies Won't Be Big Insurance Companies Much Longer. Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery that potentially will have more far-reaching effects than Obamacare, primarily because it is coming from the private sector, not the government.

Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust

Sara Warner | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco's Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.

Whether You Go With Aetna, Allstate, AIG or Another, Avoid the Four Big Insurance Traps

George Bradt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Don't get trapped by overindulgence, bells and whistles, too many organizations taking their slice of the pie or those prone to fly-by-night. When it ...

Skyrocketing Health Insurer CEOs' Paychecks Are "Crazy," Says Executive Comp Expert

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

Almost all of the publicly traded health insurers reported big increases in revenue and profits last year. The big winners have been the top executives of those companies, led by Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, the nation's third largest health insurer.

GOP Divorced From Reality on Obamacare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly -- at their own hearing on Obamacare. As failed GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

Insurance Data Debunks GOP Talking Point

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business

The latest Republican attack on Obamacare has just been debunked. A high percentage of enrollees in the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama...

Why It's More Important Than Ever to Keep an Eye on Health Insurers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

After writing a couple weeks back that we need to keep an eye on profit-hungry health insurers to make sure they are not refusing to pay for medically necessary care, I got a flood of emails and tweets from people with stories to share.