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What Does Engagement Really Mean?

April 4, 2012
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How should we define employee engagement? Is it more than good morale and camaraderie? —In Search of Meaning, senior leader, hospitality, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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How Do We Get Our Paperwork in Order for New Health Care Requirements?

April 4, 2012
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Which standard form (if any) must employees fill out when they decline health care coverage? —Paper Weight, executive assistant, maintenance/janitorial, New Jersey
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Little Change for HR in Wake of Health Reform Hearings

April 2, 2012
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Tough questioning of attorneys representing the Obama administration have led some to predict that the U.S. Supreme Court will repeal the mandate, though others say don't read too much into the March 26-28 oral arguments.
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Individual Mandate Rejection Seen as Worst Legal Outcome

April 2, 2012
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According to one expert, if PPACA is allowed to stand without the individual mandate 'the whole thing goes south very quickly.'
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Supreme Court Divided if Health Care Law Can Survive Without Mandate

March 28, 2012
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At issue in the final day of oral arguments on health care reform was whether the individual mandate, which requires most U.S. residents to enroll in a qualified plan or pay a financial penalty, is so intertwined with the broader law that the entire law would fall if the court rules the mandate is unconstitutional.
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Dropping Health Care Coverage No Easy Decision for Employers

March 28, 2012
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Because employer and employee health care benefit contributions are made on a pretax basis, it wil cost employers considerably more than the $2,000-per-employee fee for dropping coverage, if the law survives legal challenges being heard by the Supreme Court.
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Justices Ask Tough Questions on Individual Mandate

March 27, 2012
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The Obama administration, which is defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said Congress had such authority due to its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce.
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Survey: Health Care Reform Splits Employers

March 26, 2012
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Forty percent of employers want the high court, which is hearing oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to strike down the 2010 law. Still, employers are far from being united in favor of repealing it.
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Will New Claims and Appeals Procedures Change Case Law?

March 20, 2012
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Health care reform regulations that took effect for the 2011 plan year require non-grandfathered self-insured and insured group health plans to make changes to their internal appeal procedures and offer external reviews of denied claims. As a result, all plans, whether subject to or exempt from ERISA, will have to follow the same general claim-handling rules.
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White House Suggestions on Funding Contraception Coverage Called 'Unworkable'

March 20, 2012
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Under one administration suggestion, TPAs could fund the coverage through rebates they receive from drug manufacturers that the TPA is not contractually liable to forward to the affiliates.
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