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Employers Adding Value to Good Employee Health

November 27, 2011
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Most early-adapting companies are in the first of three phases to a value-based approach to health care, which involves reducing or eliminating costs around specific medical conditions that have, or may in the future have a negative effect on an employer's health insurance costs.
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Mercer: Group Health Care Costs Climb 6.1 Percent as Cost per Employee Tops $10K

November 17, 2011
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Amid steadily rising costs, employers, especially larger organizations, continue to take action to try to hold down cost increases to more manageable levels, according to the Mercer survey.
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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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