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Will Walgreen Suffer Side Effects Even After New Express Scripts Deal?

July 19, 2012
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Express Scripts, like other PBMs, are third-party middlemen that negotiate prices with pharmacies and drugmakers on behalf of corporate clients and processes their claims.
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Seasonal Firefighters to Become Eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

July 18, 2012
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President Barack Obama was motivated to order several federal agencies to change those policies by a recent visit to Colorado, where wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes.
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5 Ways To Manage The Rising Costs Of Benefits

July 11, 2012
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How to Get the Package You Need —Without Breaking the Bank
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Arizona Officials Look to Repeal Domestic Partnership Benefits

July 11, 2012
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The law in question, enacted in August 2009, sought to eliminate health care, dental, life, disability and retirement benefits for couples in domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples, by actively applying the state's definition of marriage—which it treats as a union only between a man and woman.
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House of Representatives Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 11, 2012
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With Democrats controlling the Senate, the bill is unlikely to advance further. In addition, if a repeal measure cleared Congress, President Barack Obama would veto it, the White House said this week.
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House to Vote on Bill to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 2, 2012
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The Senate did not take up the repeal bill and it is unlikely that the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, would do so this time.
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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law

June 28, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, handing President Barack Obama a major election-year victory and shunning 26 states that had sought to overturn the reform law.
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Lack of Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Keeps Experts Guessing

June 26, 2012
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Speakers at overflow sessions of the Society for Human Resource Management's 64th annual conference detail the likely scenarios that could occur when the justices rule late this week.
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Consultancies and Companies Say They're Ready for Health Care Reform

June 25, 2012
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With tools such as webinars and training videos, companies say they've taken the time to put internal battle plans in place.
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A New Remedy Emerges for Spiraling Health Costs

June 22, 2012
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Accountable care organizations require payers—i.e., insurers—and health care providers to better coordinate care for members, especially those with the most medical needs, with the goal of improving cost trends and patient outcomes. Providers typically share in savings reaped from better coordinated care and lower costs, and they must meet and maintain quality standards.
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