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Lack of Vision, Dental Benefits Could Be Shortsighted

April 11, 2013
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To enrich the information we provide in our Hot List, Workforce will be adding reports on the industries covered in the list. In this first installment, we look at vision and dental plans.
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Get Well Soon? Wellness Programs May Help Decrease Health Costs, Survey Shows

April 10, 2013
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Employers who focus on providing preventive care rather than basic health care for immediate medical needs may end up with happier, more productive employees as well as a healthier bottom line, according to a study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
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Health Care Affordability Still Confusing to Employees and Employers Alike, Study Finds

April 10, 2013
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The federal government determined 9.5 percent is the affordability threshold for health care coverage. According to a recent ADP study, approximately 8.6 percent of single full-time employees pay 9.5 percent or more of their total income to obtain coverage.
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The Pre-existing Conditions: Buildup to Health Care Reform Bound to Bring Overload of Information

April 8, 2013
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A flood of marketing materials from private and state health care exchanges, insurance providers and others that are expected to start peddling their health insurance products will flood employees as 2014 approaches. Do you have the answers they will be asking?
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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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