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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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Illegal Immigrants Covered by Nebraska Workers' Comp System: Court

January 9, 2013
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Those courts concluded that denying workers comp benefits to illegal immigrants creates a financial incentive to hire them because it allows an employer to escape liability for worker injuries, giving that employer an unfair advantage over competitors who follow the law, Nebraska's high court said in its opinion.
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Wellness Programs Can Reduce Worker Medical Costs by 18 Percent: Study

January 9, 2013
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The report said wellness programs could reduce costs for risks such as physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. If the risk factors were lowered to “theoretical minimums,” health care expenses could be lowered by an average of $650, or 18.4 percent, for all working adults, the study said.
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Workers Indicted for Defrauding Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program

December 20, 2012
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The employees are accused of falsely reporting that they participated in healthy activities in order to earn rewards through a wellness program included in their employee health insurance plans.
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Minnesota, Rhode Island Get OK to Launch Health Insurance Exchanges

December 20, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given tentative approval to applications filed by Minnesota and Rhode Island to launch health insurance exchanges in 2014.
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Domino's Pizza Founder Wants Exemption From Contraceptive Mandate

December 18, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services law requires most employers to provide cost-free coverage for birth control prescriptions, sterilization, preventative screenings and other forms of women's preventative care.
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Coalition Cautions Employers to Weigh the Risks of Wellness Incentives

December 18, 2012
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The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society are among the groups providing guidance on how organizations can design outcomes-based incentives programs that don't discriminate against employees.
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Cabinet-maker Among Firms Adding Wellness to Health Care Cupboard

December 18, 2012
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For companies considering healthy programs, it's important to create a wellness culture, one executive says. “If you're doing it just to attack claims, don't do it. It won't succeed.”
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HHS Approves Health Insurance Exchanges for Two More States, D.C.

December 14, 2012
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Kentucky and New York join the District of Columbia in receiving the latest approvals. In all, exchange applications filed by eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have received tentative regulatory approval.
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