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Employers Pay As 32% of Opioid Prescriptions Are Abused: Report

Nearly one out of every three (32 percent) opioid prescriptions, which are subsidized by America’s employers, is being abused, according to a report by a healthcare data and technology company. San Francisco-based Castlight Health Inc. released the study, “The Opioid …

Willis, Aon and Verisk Agree: Q1 Cat Bonds Hit Record Issuance

There’s more evidence that catastrophe bond issuance hit record territory again during Q1. This time, Aon Securities and a division of Willis Towers Watson are making the call, after a Verisk arm did so earlier in April. The Aon Benfield …

Unaddressed Cultural Clashes Cause Many M&A Failures: Willis Towers Watson

Many insurers see cultural integration as a major post-deal challenge, but few use employee engagement as an indicator of integration success, according to a survey of senior insurance executives conducted by Willis Towers Watson M&A Risk Consulting in conjunction with …

Catastrophe Exposure Grows with Selective Use of Alternative Capital: A.M. Best

Insurers in the London, Europe and Bermuda markets writing catastrophe-exposed business take a different approach to retention of risk at the 1-in-100-year return level in comparison to the 1-in-250-year level, according to report published by A.M. Best. At the lower …

States with Ignition Lock Laws Curb Drunk Driving Deaths by 15%

State laws that require drivers who’ve been convicted of drunk driving to pass a breathalyzer-type test before starting their cars saved an estimated 915 lives between 2007 and 2013, according to a new study. The findings represent a 15 percent …

Why Employers Are Sending Retirees to Exchanges for Health Insurance

Planning for retirement is tough enough – and it gets even tougher when retirement benefits you expect to receive from an employer are changed on short notice. But a growing number of U.S. employers are capping their risk of rising …

U.S. Lags Belgium, France, Other Nations in Domestic Security

The U.S. is less capable of managing security issues within its borders than 32 other nations, including France and Belgium, according to a new global ranking. Singapore is the most capable of maintaining domestic security in the world, while Nigeria …

Where Prescription Drug Prices Are Headed in U.S.

Spending on medicines increased by double digits for a second year in 2015 and reached $425 billion based on invoice prices. After adjusting for rebates and other price concessions by manufacturers, net spending was $310 billion, up 8.5 percent over …

Top 10 Most Stolen Motorcycles

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that motorcycle theft rose six percent in 2015. A total of 45,555 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2015 compared with 42,856 reported stolen in 2014. Motorcycle thefts have been on a nine-year decline …

RIMS 2016: Captives See Business Interruption as Top Cyber Threat

The costs of business interruption due to a breach is the top cyber risk concern for businesses across all industries, according to a new survey of captives. Aon Global Risk Consulting, in its 2016 Captive Cyber Survey report, found that …