Stories by Tom Murphy

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Unhappy Target customers sending message on bottles

Longtime customers of Target's pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow.
By Tom Murphy

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Employers shifting more of health care costs to workers

A growing number of U.S. workers are covered by health insurance that sticks them with a bigger share of the medical bill but softens the blow by providing a special account to help with the expense.
By Tom Murphy

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

Aetna cuts health care exchange coverage

Aetna will abandon Affor­da­ble Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage, the latest in a string of defections by big insurers ...
By Tom Murphy

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Aetna calls off plans for expansion in insurance exchanges

Aetna became the latest health insurer to cast doubt upon its future in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after it called off a planned expansion Tuesday and suggested it could abandon ...
By Tom Murphy

Friday, June 24, 2016

Health insurer's limiting of choices worries patients

Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and finally switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back. UnitedHealth Group Inc.
By Tom Murphy

Monday, April 11, 2016

Georgia is part of pullout; analysts don't expect trend

The nation's biggest health insurer has decided to stop selling coverage on public insurance exchanges in two states for next year, but consumers shouldn't take this as an early warning that a ...
By Tom Murphy

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Feds want proof for health care exchange special enrollment windows

The federal government is tightening loopholes that let customers on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges buy coverage outside the law's annual enrollment window.
By Tom Murphy

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

UnitedHealth CEO terms ACA exchange growth a 'bad decision'

UnitedHealth CEO calls insurer's push into more Affordable Care Act exchanges a 'bad decision.'
By Tom Murphy

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Workers pay bigger share of health deductible

Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.
By Tom Murphy

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Caterpillar plans to cut 10,000 over next 3 years

Caterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets. That could ...
By Tom Murphy

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

Netflix's parental leave sets new standard for tech

Netflix stirred envy in parents nationwide by saying it will give its employees up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. But outside of Silicon Valley, don't hold ...
By Tom Murphy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Insurer Anthem hikes 2015 forecast, 2Q earnings climb

Health insurer Anthem has bumped up its 2015 forecast again after earnings jumped more than 17 percent in its most recent quarter.
By Tom Murphy

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Insurer raises outlook after good quarter

UnitedHealth continued to juice up its business outside health insurance in a better-than-expected second quarter while rivals scrambled to add enrollment in a wave of mega-mergers sweeping the ...
By Tom Murphy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Natural gas now primary fuel to generate electricity

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas ...
By Tom Murphy

Friday, July 3, 2015

Health insurance merger spree leaves uncertainty for consumers

More than a third of the U.S. population has health coverage through an insurer that either wants to make a huge acquisition or is about to be swallowed up in one. The impact on the average ...
By Tom Murphy

Monday, June 15, 2015

Target sells pharmacy, clinic businesses to CVS Health

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers.
By Tom Murphy

Monday, June 1, 2015

Health insurance 2016 rates to rise

Health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums beyond 10 percent for 2016.
By Tom Murphy

Friday, May 29, 2015

Humana exploring possible sale, report says

Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday on speculation that the company, one of the nation’s biggest health insurers, might be up for sale.
By Tom Murphy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

UnitedHealth hikes forecast, shares edge to new heights

UnitedHealth off to a roaring start in 2015 as insurance and pharmacy businesses boom.
By Tom Murphy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Walgreens aims to close about 200 US stores

Walgreens will shutter about 200 U.S. stores as part of an expanded cost reduction push, but the nation’s largest drugstore chain has no plans to shrink in the wake of its combination with ...
By Tom Murphy
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