Police say Lisa Johnson (left), a temporary home health aide, and her boyfriend, Justin Brown, stole jewelry from an elderly patient. (Photo courtesy of Egg Harbor Township police) Travel Deals Emily Babay, Philly.com Last updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:19 AM A home health aide and her boyfriend are accused from stealing and pawning jewelry from an elderly patient in South Jersey. Egg Harbor Township police said an 82-year-old man reported that http://alexsimringinfo.piczo.com/ the pair pried open a jewelry box and removed most of the items inside at his home at the Elmwood Estates Mobile Park. Police said today that the temporary health aide, 50-year-old Lisa Johnson, of Sicklerville, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Justin Brown, of Galloway Township, have been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. Investigators discovered that the two pawned the jewelry earlier this summer, police said. Johnson has been arrested and was released on her own recognizance pending further court hearings. Brown remains at large and anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police at 609-927-5200. Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or email@example.com . Follow @emilybabay on Twitter. Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com . Follow @phillynews on Twitter.
A link has been sent. Done U.S. Employers Changing Health Benefit Plans to Control Rising Costs, Comply With ACA, National Business Group on Health Survey Finds Survey Shows Costs Would Increase 6.5% Without Plan Changes; 5% With Changes National Business Group on Health 1 hour ago 0 shares Content preferences Done WASHINGTON, DC—(Marketwired - Aug 13, 2014) - Health care benefit costs at large employers are expected to increase 6.5% in 2015, slightly lower than this year’s rate of increase.Most employers, however, say they will be able to stem increases even more as a result of changes they are making to their benefit plans, according to an annual survey released today by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of nearly 400 large U.S. employers.The survey also found that the number of employers offering workers a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) as the only health benefits option is expected to surge by nearly 50% next year. According to the survey, employers project their health care benefits costs will increase by an average of 6.5 % in 2015.That is slightly lower than the 7.0% increase employers would have experienced this year had they made no changes to their plan design.However, employers expect to keep increases to 5% next year after making changes to their plans, such as increasing cost-sharing provisions, implementing and expanding CDHPs, and broadening their use of wellness programs and Centers of Excellence.The survey, based on responses from 136 of the nation’s largest corporations, was conducted in June, 2014. “Despite the many distractions that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created, large employers haven’t lost sight of the fact that rising health care costs remain a significant issue that needs to be constantly addressed,” said Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health.”Our survey shows that many employers are, in fact, taking necessary steps to rein in costs. This includes partnering with workers to engage in health care decisions and educating them to be better health care consumers, as well as sharing more costs with workers and narrowing their benefit options.” The survey found that employers are making numerous changes to their benefit plans in an effort to control costs as well as comply with the ACA and stay below the excise tax set to be implemented in 2018.Nearly three in four respondents (73%) are adding or expanding tools to encourage employees to be better health care consumers.More than half (57%) are implementing or expanding CDHPs while 53% will either add or expand wellness program incentives.Perhaps the most significant finding is the nearly 50% increase in the number of employers that plan to offer a CDHP as their only benefit plan option next year.Almost one-third (32%) plan to do this in 2015, compared with 22% this year. Mixed Views on Private Exchanges While no employers have or intend to eliminate health benefits coverage for their active employees next year, interest in private exchanges is growing, albeit slowly.By next year, 3% of large employers will provide their active employees with health insurance through a private exchange while 35% said they are considering doing so for 2016 or beyond.Meantime, 14% of respondents are partnering with a private exchange for their retirees, an increase from 10% last year.Another 7% are planning to move retirees to private exchanges next year. The survey, however, revealed mixed views from employers in their confidence that private exchanges will perform better than their own benefit plan.For example, 77% are confident in the exchanges’ ability to provide more choice of plans while 51% said exchanges will do a better job complying with regulations.However, only 17% are confident that exchanges do a better job of engaging employees in better health care decision making and only one in 10 believe exchanges will control costs better than their own plans. “Employers, including many of our members, are clamoring for information and help in understanding private exchanges and whether they make sense for their organizations.The proliferation of private exchanges is presenting employers with an option but one that employers need to ask questions ofand study carefully.For example, employers will want to determine whether a private exchange can manage costs and care more efficiently than what they are currently doing,” said Marcotte. Among other findings from the survey: Narrow Networks: Despite recent attention, only one-fourth of employers (26%) include a narrow network in any of their plans.Half of those (13%) offer a plan that incents employees to use a narrow network within the plan.