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Survey Set for Employers on How They Used Early Retiree Reimbursement Funds

November 16, 2011
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Under the $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program set up as part of the health care reform law, approved plan sponsors have received partial reimbursement of claims they have paid.
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Supreme Court to Review Health Care Reform Law

November 14, 2011
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Observers have said that decisions for cases argued in the court's spring term would likely by published by June, which could thrust the case into the national run-up to the November 2012 presidential election.
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UnitedHealthcare opens 'Superstore'

November 9, 2011
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The insurer bills it as the nation's first comprehensive health benefits store. Considering the many questions consumers have about health care these days, it probably won't be the last.
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Wellness Programs Adapted for Workers' Comp

November 3, 2011
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One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.
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DC, DB Plans Hurt by Rising Health Care Costs

October 20, 2011
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Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.
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Poll Says Overweight Workers Miss Millions More Days of Work

October 19, 2011
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Their missed work results in about $153 billion in lost productivity annually, according to data collected this year by Washington-based Gallup.
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Bill Requiring Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in California

October 12, 2011
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If the autism coverage mandate laid down by the California measure is not included in what federal regulators decide is essential benefits, the mandate automatically will expire.
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IOM Health Plan Report Points to Premium Targets

October 10, 2011
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The Institute of Medicine's nearly 300-page report is a response to Department of Health and Human Services' request for the IOM's recommendations about the process the HHS secretary should use to define and update essential health benefits.
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Ford to Add, Retain 12,000 Jobs With New UAW Agreement

October 4, 2011
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The automaker plans to insource manufacturing work from Mexico, Japan and China. The 12,000 new or retained jobs include 5,000 previously announced positions, Ford said.
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Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
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The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
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