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Health Plan Administrator Seeks to Exempt HRAs from Health Reform Law Research Fees

September 6, 2011
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That fee—to be used to fund research on medical outcomes as part of the federal health care reform law—will be $1 per plan participant for the first plan year ending after Sept. 30, 2012, and $2 per participant in succeeding years.
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House Panels to Consider Repeal of Grandfather Rules for Health Care Plans

August 31, 2011
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To win grandfathered status, a health care plan, among other things, can’t ever increase coinsurance requirements or boost the percentage of the premium paid by enrollees by more than 5 percentage points.
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Poor Economy Has Little Effect on Disability, Workers' Comp Benefits Programs

August 30, 2011
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Researchers for the San Francisco-based IBI said the survey’s results, released this week, undermined what previously would have been considered reasonable assumptions of the recession’s effects on employers’ claims experience.
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Bariatric Surgery Yields Economic Payoff

August 25, 2011
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While the health results for bariatric surgery and the dramatic weight loss that usually follows is clear, a doctor and his colleagues have found that there is a societal economic benefit as well: many previously unemployed patients get jobs after they lose weight.
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Survey Notes Health Care Costs More Than Double Since 2002

May 12, 2011
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The highest-cost city was Miami, where health care spending averaged $23,362, followed by New York, where health care costs averaged $22,785, and Chicago, where costs averaged $21,996.
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One-Third With HSAs Spend Most of Contributions for Reimbursements

March 22, 2011
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Contributions to health savings accounts averaged $2,620 in 2010, including individual and employer contributions, down slightly from $2,647 in 2009.
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Bill Would Repeal FSA Cap Provision in Health Care Reform Law

February 14, 2011
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The measure, introduced Feb. 10 by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would remove the provision, which, effective in 2013, places a $2,500 ceiling on FSA contributions.
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Waivers for Mini-Med Plan Sponsors Nearly Double

December 7, 2010
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Many of the most recent waivers were granted to local union health care funds. In all, nearly three dozen waivers involve union funds.
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Recession's Effect on Local Governments Public Problems Persist

November 5, 2010
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'This recession has really cut into the public sector, not only in employment but in terms of pensions and health care benefits and every form of compensation,' an expert says.
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