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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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Flu Taking Advisers—and Clients—Down 'Like Soldiers'

January 16, 2013
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The Centers for Disease Control said that this year's flu season, which ramped up earlier than usual and could go on through March, is the worst outbreak in a decade.
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Putting the Human Back in Human Resources, Redux

January 16, 2013
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Employers, what do you think costs more? Accommodating a few days of unpaid time off or defending this lawsuit?
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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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Tobacco Cessation Report Lights Up Coverage Gaps, Confusing Language

January 11, 2013
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Researchers found 'significant variation in how private health insurance coverage works for tobacco cessation treatment' when analyzing 39 insurance contracts in six states.
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Higher Financial Penalties Proposed for Uninsured Massachusetts Residents

January 11, 2013
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In 2012, the maximum penalty for non-compliance was $105 a month, or $1,260 a year. The maximum penalty this year for those with incomes that exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level will be $106 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance, or $1,272 a year.
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Internet-Use Disorder: The Newest Disability?

January 11, 2013
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If Internet addiction is a psychiatric disorder, then employees who suffer from it may be protected by the ADA. This development has potentially significant implications for your workplace.
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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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Narcotic Pain Drugs Remain Atop List of Workers' Comp Insurer Concerns

January 9, 2013
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Concern over the long-term implications of prescribing narcotic pain medications to injured workers has grown during the past two years.
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