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Flu Absences Likely to Rise

October 21, 2004
Following the announcement that nearly half of the 100 million flu vaccines needed this season will never reach U.S. shores, employers across the country have scrapped onsite programs to immunize workers. While it may be too soon for companies to calculate the financial impact, experts say that businesses should expect to feel losses associated with increased absences.
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Migraine Time at Medco

October 1, 2004
Medco Health Solutions Inc., faces a host of headaches, including the rocky future of health care, regulatory scrutiny and fierce competition from other pharmacy benefit managers. CEO David Snow, Jr., who took over Medco's leadership in 2003 as it separated from parent company Merck & Co. Inc., says he's up for the challenge.
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No Cures

October 1, 2004
Experts sorting through the respective health-care proposals being put up by Bush and Kerry say both plans would put a dent in the number of uninsured. Kerry wants to dramatically expand government’s role in providing insurance to the uninsured, primarily by expansion of the Medicaid program. Bush has been talking more about health savings accounts on the campaign trail. What both candidates agree on is that the paper-based health system in America needs a technology upgrade.
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All Aboard

July 1, 2004
Beset by rising insurance costs, Union Pacific employs semi-tough love to improve the health of its mostly middle-aged, blue collar workforce. While some companies take a no-prisoners approach, UP chooses to nudge, encourage and prod its employees to good health. And it's saving millions.
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