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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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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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