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Final Heath Care Reform Law Regulation Limits Employee's Out-of-Pocket Expenses

February 21, 2013
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A final health care reform law regulation will limit the contribution amount an employee can pay for health care plans. The regulation will take effect in 2014.
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New-Look Health Risk Assessments Employ a Social Strategy

February 20, 2013
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One company is enticing insurers by blending the traditional HRA with social networking, mobile technology, games and behavioral psychology.
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Majority of Employers Hope to Avoid Health Care Reform Compliance Costs: Survey

February 15, 2013
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A survey released by Willis Group Holdings shows a majority of employers say avoiding costs increases brought on by health care reform is very important to their business. Nearly two-thirds of employers who have calculated cost compliance say the law has led to increases, according to the survey.
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Cancer Poses a Growing Challenge to Employers

February 14, 2013
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Care for cancer patients costs employers an estimated $264 billion a year in health care costs and lost productivity, although cancer strikes just 1.6 percent of the workforce.
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Business Group Pushes for Health Prices

February 4, 2013
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With more employees enrolling in high-deductible health plans, a nonprofit business group endeavors to pull back the curtain on health costs. In a statement, the Catalyst for Payment Reform pushes for not only more information but also better cost-calculating tools for consumers.
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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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