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Rising Health Care Costs to Pinch Employees

October 9, 2012
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The average cost to insure an employee is projected to jump to $11,283 in 2013, from $10,616 this year, according to the report by the unit of London-based Aon Corp.
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Lack of Health Care Reform Guidance Hampers State Lawmakers: Letter

October 9, 2012
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For employers, final regulatory guidance has yet to come in a number of areas, including whether employers will be assessed a penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee if they do not offer coverage to all full-time employees, and how much they will have to pay to fund a three-year health care reform law program that will partially reimburse health insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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Group Health Care Plan Costs to Rise 6.3 Percent in 2013: Aon Hewitt

October 4, 2012
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The average group health care plan cost per employee is projected to rise to $11,188 per employee next year, according to an analysis released Oct. 3 by Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Aon Hewitt.
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Romney Reform Repeal Would Mean More Uninsured: Commonwealth Fund

October 2, 2012
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Under Romney's plan, 30 percent or more of the under-65 population in nine states—Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas—would be left uninsured by 2022, which the report says would increase the number of uninsured in every state.
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Most Risky Day of Week to Drive to Work? TGIF

October 1, 2012
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A Columbus, Ohio-based insurance company determined its members have the highest average number of claims per day on Fridays—at 4,664. Wednesday came in second with an average of 4,197 claims, followed closely by Thursday, Monday and Tuesday.
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Well, Well: Employers Tie Health Care Financial Incentives to Specific Outcomes

September 29, 2012
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Many companies offer incentives and tie them to plan design, specific health outcomes or apply surcharges when employees don't take part in particular programs.
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Specialty Drugs Appearing as the Next Wave of Health Care Costs

September 28, 2012
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The Midwest Business Group on Health and other organizations aim to educate employers about the cost of biologics, which treat serious illnesses such as cancer. Their cost is expected to rise to 40 percent of employers' total drug costs by 2017.
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Is Choosing a Defined Contribution in Health Care Taking the Radical Route?

September 28, 2012
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The option, which gives employees more autonomy, could revolutionize employer-provided health benefits, proponents say.
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South Dakota Declines to Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

September 27, 2012
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South Dakota joins several other states, including Texas, whose governors said they will not set up the exchanges.
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Group Health Care Spending Up in 2011: Analysis

September 26, 2012
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For those covered by employer plans, spending on health care services increased by 4.6 percent to $4,547 per plan enrollee. By contrast, in 2010, costs rose an average of 3.8 percent, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent Washington-based health research organization.
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