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Whirlpool Adds On-site Health Teams to Tackle Presenteeism

November 8, 2012
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One organization's data shows that health-related productivity losses cost U.S. employers $227 billion annually. Whirlpool officials are striving to reduce one component, called presenteeism, by providing employees with better mental and physical support at the work site.
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Obama Win Seen as Victory for Health Care Reform

November 7, 2012
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President Barack Obama's victory serves as a vindication for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts said soon after the president won re-election Nov. 6.
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With Election Near, Romney, Obama Take Very Different Stances on Health Care Reform Law

November 5, 2012
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Republican challenger Mitt Romney said numerous times during the campaign that one of his first acts, if elected, would be to seek repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But if President Barack Obama is elected for a new term, experts expect an acceleration in the pace at which health care reform regulations are issued.
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Aging Workforce Not as Costly as Some Think: NCCI Report

October 29, 2012
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The new report adds to NCCI Holdings Inc. research findings published in 2011 concluding that on average costs for workers aged 35 and older tend to be similar.
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Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits for Retirees Dying Out

October 24, 2012
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Data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute showed that in 1997, 10.2 percent of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible retirees and that 11.3 percent provided such coverage to early retirees. As of last year, those numbers fell to 6.1 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.
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Expedia Constructing Work-Site Clinic at Headquarters

October 22, 2012
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The clinic is being constructed by Qliance Medical Management Inc., a Seattle-based health care firm that contracts with employers to provide primary care to employees and their dependents through its network of clinics.
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Benefit Tech Tools Aim to Turn Employees Into Smart Shoppers

October 19, 2012
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Health care consumerism—a movement to empower employees with information to help them choose plans, providers and treatments—is giving rise to online decision-support tools that assess the best benefit plan for their needs.
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Guidance on Health Reform Law's Transitional Reinsurance Program Requested

October 15, 2012
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Many questions remain unanswered about the Transitional Reinsurance Program, the Washington-based benefits lobbying group noted in a letter sent this month to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will enforce the program.
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Medicare Heats Up Biden-Ryan Debate

October 12, 2012
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The Medicare segment of the debate included some of the most frequent interruptions by both Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in a testy debate as each took turns bashing the other side's impacts on the program.
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Illinois Politicians Back Health Insurance Co-Op Applicant

October 11, 2012
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Gov. Pat Quinn, fellow Democrat Richard Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk have written letters of support on behalf of SimpleHx, a co-op proposed by a group of people who met last year while pursuing their MBAs at Northwestern University.
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