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HHS: Health Care Reform Law Adds Coverage for 2.5M Young Adults

December 14, 2011
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An earlier National Center for Health Statistics study found that about 1 million young adults gained coverage in the first quarter this year.
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Supreme Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Health Care Reform Law Litigation

December 9, 2011
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Among other things, the high court will hear whether the law's individual mandate is constitutional. That mandate, effective in January 2014, requires individuals to enroll in a qualified health care plan or pay a financial penalty.
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Firms Seek Medical Second Opinions

December 6, 2011
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Reviews seen as tool to reduce costs of complex cases.
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Analysis: Employers Can Help Employees Be More Responsible for Their Health

November 30, 2011
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The report recommends that employers take into account their organization's culture when implementing workplace health and benefit programs.
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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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