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Benefit Design and Communication

Valuing Value: California Mines New Health Coverage Plan Concepts

January 18, 2013
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SeeChange Health and Blue Shield of California are two San Francisco insurance companies that are stepping up efforts to market value-based insurance design plans to large employers.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 11, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Coalition Cautions Employers to Weigh the Risks of Wellness Incentives

December 18, 2012
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The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society are among the groups providing guidance on how organizations can design outcomes-based incentives programs that don't discriminate against employees.
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Cabinet-maker Among Firms Adding Wellness to Health Care Cupboard

December 18, 2012
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For companies considering healthy programs, it's important to create a wellness culture, one executive says. “If you're doing it just to attack claims, don't do it. It won't succeed.”
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Lockheed Martin Offers Lump-Sum Option to Some Former Employees

December 17, 2012
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When participants take lump sums and move out of a pension plan, employers can reduce certain fixed costs, such as the payment of sharply rising premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
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Pharmaceutical Giant Puts Medical-Home Concept to the Test

December 5, 2012
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Working with a nonprofit program, GlaxoSmithKline is giving its North Carolina employees the opportunity to test a medical home's efficiency. The pharmaceutical company will see whether the two-year pilot program could mean cost savings.
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The Medical Home Evolves From Recordkeeping to a Community of Care

December 5, 2012
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A patient-centered medical home practices preventive medicine and helps manage chronic illnesses through a partnership between patients and their primary care physician and other health professionals
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Mercer to Launch Health Insurance Exchange for Medicare-Eligible Employees

November 29, 2012
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The exchange, which Mercer is offering along with Connextions Inc., a technology solutions company, will provide assistance to retirees during enrollment periods and throughout the year.
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AMR Seeks Court Approval to Remove Lump-Sum Benefit Option in Pilots' Pension Plan

November 28, 2012
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American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp. has asked a federal bankruptcy court in New York for permission to allow the airline to amend its frozen pilots' pension plan so that retiring pilots cannot receive their accrued benefits as a lump-sum.
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Hostess Brands to Terminate Pension Plan as Part of Liquidation

November 19, 2012
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Hostess suspended payments to the 42 multiemployer pension plans to which it contributes in August 2011. The company's IBC Defined Benefit Plan had about $56 million in assets and $111 million in liabilities as of April 30, according to the PBGC.
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