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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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401(k)s Hang on as Stock Market Ride Gets Rough

August 23, 2011
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Financial advisers and executives at retirement plan providers said that employees, while tending toward caution, do not appear to be panicked. During the wild swings a few weeks ago, participants largely sought information.
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Court Rejects Liberty Mutuals Appeal of AIG Workers' Comp Settlement

August 23, 2011
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The case stems from allegations made in 2006 by then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that AIG had underreported workers’ compensation premiums to avoid paying its fair share of residual market assessments.
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OSHA Orders Burlington Northern to Pay Whistle-Blower $300,000

August 23, 2011
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The agency said railroad managers followed the employee to the hospital and received an injury report, but later accused the worker of failing to furnish adequate information about the injury.
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Nissans Return-to-Work Offer Inadequate in Comp Case

August 16, 2011
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A trial court may award up to six times the employee’s medical impairment rating in additional permanent partial disability benefits if that worker does not receive a ‘meaningful return to work’ offer and as long as the worker does not voluntarily resign or retire.
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California Supreme Court Rules on Workers' Compensation COLA Case

August 12, 2011
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The case involved an unnamed accountant/controller injured in 2004 who was eligible to receive $728 weekly for life.
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COBRA Program Subsidies to Expire at End of August

August 11, 2011
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The exact number of individuals who took the subsidy isn’t known. At the time the original subsidy legislation was passed, congressional analysts estimated that the subsidy would aid more than 7 million laid-off employees and their families and cost the government about $25 billion.
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