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IRS Rules Ease Compliance With Health Reform Law Employer Mandate

January 2, 2013
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The massive $2,000-per-full-time-employee penalty will not apply so long as employers offer coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees and their dependents up to age 26, the IRS said.
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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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Group Benefits Costs to Rise at Slowest Rate in 11 Years: Study

December 19, 2012
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A survey of 123 insurers and benefits administrators, released Dec. 17, indicated that group health care plan cost increases through June 2013 will be between 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent lower than they were in the first half of this year.
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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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Find Great Rank-and-File Workers

December 14, 2012
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Recruiting strategically can give employers an edge and reduce costly turnover.
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Workers' Spending on Health Premiums Surges 74 Percent in 8 Years

December 12, 2012
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A worker, on average, spent $3,962 on family premiums in 2011, an increase of 74 percent from 2003. Meanwhile, the average family premium totaled $15,022, an increase of 62 percent from 2003, the report said.
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Pharmaceutical Giant Puts Medical-Home Concept to the Test

December 5, 2012
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Working with a nonprofit program, GlaxoSmithKline is giving its North Carolina employees the opportunity to test a medical home's efficiency. The pharmaceutical company will see whether the two-year pilot program could mean cost savings.
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The Medical Home Evolves From Recordkeeping to a Community of Care

December 5, 2012
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A patient-centered medical home practices preventive medicine and helps manage chronic illnesses through a partnership between patients and their primary care physician and other health professionals
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