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Auditing for the Ineligibles

June 28, 2004
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Companies save millions by weeding out grown children, ex-spouses and other employee dependents who are no longer eligible for benefits.
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Obesity A Big Problem Getting Bigger

June 1, 2004
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A report on the health risks associated with obesity, the costs of obesity and state mandates for obesity treatment. Also included: information on the cost of providing a bariatric surgery benefit.
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Paying for Gastric Bypass Surgery

June 1, 2004
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Although gastric-bypass procedures and other bariatric surgeries to combat obesity are popular, they're also costly. Employers and insurers balk at picking up the tab.
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Prescription for a Lawsuit

May 29, 2004
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When UP recently instituted a policy of not hiring smokers, it had to carve out exceptions in the 13 states across its route system that have “smokers’ rights” statutes on the books.
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Tricky Diagnosis Do Programs Save Money

May 29, 2004
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Congress is lukewarm about the ability of disease management to curb Medicare costs.
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Let Prescription Drugs Cross the Border

May 26, 2004
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In the opinion of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, the new prescription-drug-benefit bill ignores a “commonsense solution to the problem of skyrocketing prescription drug prices.”
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Caesars Betting Onsite Pharmacy Will Yield Savings

May 13, 2004
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The company's prescription drug-related costs totaled $32 million last year. VP Gary Earl says that instead of focusing on cutting benefits, the company is opening up a pharmacy at its hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
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Alternative Practices Haven't Faced the Test

May 4, 2004
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The argument for integrating such alternative health services as chiropractic and massage therapy into mainstream coverage is that they will reduce escalating costs by providing cheaper services with better results. But it's unclear whether these treatments can truly reduce costs. Large-scale studies have yet to be conducted.
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The Mixed Message of Long-term-care Coverage

April 30, 2004
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Some employees want employers to offer coverage. But others balk at the price tag--and the spectre of mortality.
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