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Small Employers Exploring Health Care Exchange Options

February 9, 2012
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A survey of 300 small-business owners in New York found that 84 percent believe health insurance exchanges, which will be in place in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are a good idea; 76 percent said they would consider using an exchange when enrolling employees in a health program.
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Administration Rethinks Contraceptive Mandate for Religious-Affiliated Employers

February 8, 2012
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Employers, such as hospitals and universities, that are affiliated with religious organizations would have to comply with the requirement for health care plan years that begin one year later.
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Magazine Pans 'Mini-Med' Plans

February 7, 2012
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A total of 3.9 million people were covered by such plans as of January, according to Consumer Reports.
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Aetna Accuses New York Doctors of Overcharging Patients

February 7, 2012
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The insurance company's lawsuit takes aim at the practice called 'balance billing,' which wallops some customers with fees big enough to buy a house.
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House Votes to Repeal CLASS Act

February 2, 2012
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The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, a long-term-care insurance provision of the 2010 health care reform law.
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Domestic Partners Finding Some Tax Relief on Health Benefits

January 25, 2012
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Ernst & Young joins other large firms offering to reimburse eligible employees for the tax burden—also known as a ‘gross up'—they incur on health care benefits.
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Employer's Guide to Health Reform: How to Shop for Insurance in a Changing Landscape

January 23, 2012
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The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010 and being rolled out in stages, is designed to ease health care cost pressures. Still, skeptics abound, and a pending ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court over a key provision of the law—whether the government can require Americans to buy insurance—only adds to the confusion for small-business owners shopping for coverage.
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CIGNA, New York Physician Group Launch Accountable Care Initiative

January 11, 2012
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Under the program, registered nurses employed by 71 Weill Cornell primary care physicians will serve as clinical care coordinators, using patient-specific data provided by CIGNA to identify and reach out to patients discharged from the hospital who might be at risk for readmission, patients who may be overdue for important health screenings or those who may have skipped a prescription refill.
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U.S. Health Care Spending Totaled Nearly $2.6 Trillion in 2010

January 9, 2012
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In 2010, total U.S. health care spending hit $2.593 trillion, or $8,402 per person. While a record, expenditures rose only 3.9 percent in 2010, up slightly from a 3.8 percent increase in 2009, according to statistics compiled by researchers at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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