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Yes, They Worry: Nearly Half of U.S. Workers Uncertain About Retirement

March 19, 2013
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Despite the recovering U.S. economy, almost all American workers feel uncertain about their ability to live comfortably in retirement, according to a survey conducted by the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
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Target-Date Funds Put Bull's-Eye on Making Employees Retirement-Ready

March 14, 2013
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Now that defined contribution plans are the way most Americans save for retirement, and target-date funds are increasingly becoming the most popular investment in many 401(k) plans, many employers who offer the strategy say they will take a hard look at them this year.
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Vision Plans Increasingly Sharing Data to Help Employees With Chronic Conditions

March 14, 2013
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A study conducted in 2011 indicated that 2.4 million people were identified as having a chronic disease after having a routine eye exam. Employers offering vision benefits saved $4.5 billion in health care costs because of early detection, according to the study conducted by the Human Capital Management Services Group, a consulting firm for VSP.
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Majority of Employers Want to Improve Health Care Plan Efficiency, Reduce Costs: Survey

March 12, 2013
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Most employers plan to find ways to improve the efficiency of their health care plans rather than shift employees and retirees to insurance exchanges, according to a recent Towers Watson & Co. survey.
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'Global Nomads' Finding There's No Place Like Home for Benefits

March 1, 2013
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The upturn in so-called 'global nomads'—those who move from country to country on long-term assignments—has focused more attention on their medical and retirement benefits.
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New-Look Health Risk Assessments Employ a Social Strategy

February 20, 2013
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One company is enticing insurers by blending the traditional HRA with social networking, mobile technology, games and behavioral psychology.
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Preserving Tax Incentives for 401(k)s

February 7, 2013
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Experts are looking to educate lawmakers about the benefits of protecting the existing tax treatment of retirement plans.
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So This Is 30: How Health Care Rules Are Changing for Part-Timers

February 4, 2013
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While part-time workers make up 23 percent of the total workforce, only 15 percent of them are eligible for health coverage, survey reveals.
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Employers' Deadline to Inform Employees of Health Exchanges and Cost-Sharing Plans Extended

January 30, 2013
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The March 1 deadline for businesses to notify employees of their benefits cost-sharing plans and government-run health insurance exchanges has been postponed. A new deadline is expected by fall.
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