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U.S. Health Care Spending Sees Modest Increases

June 13, 2012
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The recent modest increases contrast sharply with the explosive growth in health care expenditures of just a few years ago. From 2001 through 2003, increases in health care spending averaged nearly 9 percent. And as recently as 2007, costs leaped 6.2 percent.
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Most Employers Plan to Continue Offering Health Care Coverage

June 11, 2012
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Just over 9 percent cited retention of tax advantages as a reason for keeping coverage and just over 7 percent said a top reason for keeping coverage was to avoid tax penalties.
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Health Care Reform Takes Center Stage at SHRM Event

June 8, 2012
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Typically, SHRM's conference agenda reflects the economic, political and other realities of the workplace, and this year is no different. Several sessions are scheduled on the topics of health care reform, social media, aging workers and domestic partner benefits.
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House OKs Changes to Flexible Spending Account Use It or Lose It Rule

June 8, 2012
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Employers could amend their FSAs to allow employees to withdraw as taxable cash up to $500 in unused balances remaining at the end of the plan year or at the end of an FSA grace period, if an employer has that feature.
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Q&A With Jay Krueger: Evaluating Medical Marijuana Policies

June 7, 2012
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Jay Krueger is chief strategy and client services officer at PMSI Inc., providing overall strategic direction for the Tampa, Florida-based provider of pharmacy benefit management services, medical equipment, home health care and case settlement services. In a recent interview with Workforce Management sister publication Business Insurance senior editor Roberto Ceniceros, Krueger said the evaluation of medical marijuana as a way to alleviate pain warrants that employers consider their policies on the issue.
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Benefit Execs Say Supreme Court Will Strike Down Individual Mandate

June 7, 2012
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Some 66 percent of the respondents' predictions about the fate of the mandate reflect what they heard the justices say during oral arguments, says one expert.
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Obama to Veto FSA, HSA Legislation

June 6, 2012
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Under the measure headed for a vote this week on the House floor, employers could amend their FSAs to allow employees to withdraw as taxable cash up to $500 in unused balances remaining at the end of the plan year or at the end of an FSA grace period, if an employer has that feature.
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Starting a Social Wellness Program

June 3, 2012
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Social wellness tools won't do much if you don't establish objectives and a time frame for meeting them, says Jennifer Benz, a San Francisco-based employee wellness communications consultant.
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Can Social Media Produce Wellness Results?

June 1, 2012
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To win at employee wellness programs, companies are turning to online fitness challenges and Facebook-style social networks to boost workers' options, improve engagement and cut costs.
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California Workers' Comp Claims Show Sharp Increase in Medical Costs

May 25, 2012
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The Workers' Compensation Research Institute said California's medical costs per workers' comp claim increased 8 percent per year from 2005 to 2009.
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