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So This Is 30: How Health Care Rules Are Changing for Part-Timers

February 4, 2013
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While part-time workers make up 23 percent of the total workforce, only 15 percent of them are eligible for health coverage, survey reveals.
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IRS Releases Final Rules on Health Care Reform Costs

February 1, 2013
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The affordability test applies to employer-sponsored health plans. An employee is eligible to receive a federal subsidy to purchase insurance through an exchange if his or her employer's plan premium contribution exceeds 9.5 percent of his or her household income, according to IRS guidelines.
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Employers' Deadline to Inform Employees of Health Exchanges and Cost-Sharing Plans Extended

January 30, 2013
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The March 1 deadline for businesses to notify employees of their benefits cost-sharing plans and government-run health insurance exchanges has been postponed. A new deadline is expected by fall.
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Education Is Key to an Ergonomically Sound Workplace

January 25, 2013
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Emphasizing ergonomic workspaces can lead to a healthier workforce, lower costs and a stronger business overall.
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Valuing Value: California Mines New Health Coverage Plan Concepts

January 18, 2013
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SeeChange Health and Blue Shield of California are two San Francisco insurance companies that are stepping up efforts to market value-based insurance design plans to large employers.
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HHS Gives $1.5 Billion in Grants to 11 States to Set Up Health Exchanges

January 17, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it is giving $1.5 billion in grants to 11 states to launch or further develop health insurance exchanges. Those states are California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont.
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HHS Proposes Rules to Verify Health Care Premium Subsidy Eligibility

January 15, 2013
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Under the proposed rule, administrators of state and federal insurance exchanges must verify whether applicants seeking tax credits to buy health care coverage through an exchange are enrolled or eligible for qualifying coverage in an employer-sponsored health care plan.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 14, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Massachusetts Bill Would End Employer Penalty for Not Offering Health Plan

January 10, 2013
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Under the governor's plan, the current annual assessment—known as the Fair Share contribution—of $295 per employee on employers not offering coverage would end on June 30.
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Wellness Programs Can Reduce Worker Medical Costs by 18 Percent: Study

January 9, 2013
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The report said wellness programs could reduce costs for risks such as physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. If the risk factors were lowered to “theoretical minimums,” health care expenses could be lowered by an average of $650, or 18.4 percent, for all working adults, the study said.
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