The International Trade Commission's investigation into the impact of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement includes a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, where drug prices and protections are likely to be a topic.
Financial advisers in the future will provide investment advice but also educate clients about options for post-work stages of life, said John Diehl of the Hartford Funds. Diehl says these longevity-based advisers will help clients access practical resources needed for retirement, going beyond traditional services.
A group of compounds found in coffee called phenylindanes inhibit beta amyloid and tau protein clumping associated with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, with dark roast more effective than light roast, according a study in the Frontiers of Neuroscience. However, more studies are needed before scientists can say whether coffee could play any role in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's treatment, researchers said.
Employee-development plans are unlikely to improve engagement, retention and critical skills unless managers are involved in the process on an ongoing basis, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "[T]he magic and value lie not with the plan but with the planning process -- the relationship and conversation that continually clarify goals, strengths, interests and values in service of employee growth," she writes.
Cigna plans to introduce a mobile app next year to help expectant parents optimize their health benefits and access the company's Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies maternity health engagement program. "The app delivers convenient personalized guidance, giving expectant moms and dads information to help them make important health decisions in real time," said Dr. Patricia Stephenson, Cigna's senior medical director.
Health savings accounts help people pay medical expenses associated with high-deductible health plans, but Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute says they also are a financial wellness tool for retirement. EBRI data show 95% of HSAs that included individual or employer contributions ended 2017 with funds to roll over for future use.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., has taken on Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Biogen and "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, among others, and Cummings is likely to assume leadership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he will wield the power to subpoena drug company executives.
The CMS issued a proposed rule that would heighten scrutiny of premium tax credit eligibility and require insurers offering qualified health plans to ensure funds from premium subsidies do not go toward services not covered by state or federal regulations, such as abortion. The rule would also require state-based exchanges to expand the scope of annual reporting requirements and focus on tax credits and consumer eligibility.
House Democrats plan to vote on a measure that would protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions as soon as they assume control of the House in January, according to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., who is expected to lead the House Ways and Means Committee next year. The measure might stall in the Senate, which will stay under Republican control next year.
The Brown County Health and Wellness Center in Indiana has expanded hours to accommodate increased patient volume from Brown County employees. The county in October approved a plan to allow county employees to use the clinic, and expects to save $138,029 in health costs.