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More Employers Looking to Impose Wellness Program Nonparticipation Penalties in 2014

March 25, 2013
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Fifty-eight percent of employers are looking to impose penalties on employees who do not participate in health and wellness programs in the coming years, according to a survey published by Aon Hewitt.
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High-Deductible Health Plans Gaining Employer Support

March 22, 2013
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Pushed by rising costs and health care reform, employers are considering dropping their traditional health benefits for these consumer-driven health plans.
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Vision Plans Increasingly Sharing Data to Help Employees With Chronic Conditions

March 14, 2013
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A study conducted in 2011 indicated that 2.4 million people were identified as having a chronic disease after having a routine eye exam. Employers offering vision benefits saved $4.5 billion in health care costs because of early detection, according to the study conducted by the Human Capital Management Services Group, a consulting firm for VSP.
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Rolling Out Dough May Motivate Employees to Drop Pounds, Study Shows

March 12, 2013
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By providing financial incentives, employers may be able to motivate employees to stick with weight-loss programs, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. Twice as many individuals were able to achieve a total weight-loss goal when offered a monetary reward than individuals who were offered nothing, according to the study.
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Majority of Employers Want to Improve Health Care Plan Efficiency, Reduce Costs: Survey

March 12, 2013
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Most employers plan to find ways to improve the efficiency of their health care plans rather than shift employees and retirees to insurance exchanges, according to a recent Towers Watson & Co. survey.
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Employers Find Healthy Food Program Is Good for You

March 4, 2013
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Humana and Wal-Mart team up to offer employees an incentive to make better dietary choices.
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'Global Nomads' Finding There's No Place Like Home for Benefits

March 1, 2013
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The upturn in so-called 'global nomads'—those who move from country to country on long-term assignments—has focused more attention on their medical and retirement benefits.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Getting Workers the Help They Need

February 28, 2013
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About half of the U.S. population will experience a traumatic event, and though a far smaller percentage will develop PTSD as a result, services are usually available to employees who experience trauma.
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