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New Jersey's Christie Rejects State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

December 7, 2012
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, put his state among a growing number that will defer to the federal government to run the health insurance marketplaces that are a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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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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Employee Opinion of Health Care Benefits Value Drops: Mercer

December 5, 2012
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Thirty-six percent of employees polled in Mercer's annual Workplace Survey indicated that their out-of-pocket costs were 'definitely' commensurate with the health benefits they receive through their employer, down from 44 percent in 2011 and 38 percent in 2010.
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HHS Details Fees to Be Paid, Provides Guidance for Transitional Reinsurance Program

November 30, 2012
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Much of the $25 billion in assessments—to be paid annually over a three-year period—will be used to partially reimburse commercial insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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The Last Word: Spending the Holidays With Obamacare

November 30, 2012
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There is a large contingent of HR and benefits managers who face implementation now, during the holiday season no less.
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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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Depression Leads in Top Risk Factors for Employer Health Spending

November 28, 2012
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Annual medical spending for an employee with depression is $2,185 higher, or 48 percent more, than for a worker without depression, according to a new study.
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Medicare Beneficiaries Face Boost in Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

November 27, 2012
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Medicare beneficiaries will face higher out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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HHS Proposes Rules on Employee Wellness, Essential Health Benefits

November 21, 2012
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Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
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