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The Last Word: Spending the Holidays With Obamacare

November 30, 2012
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There is a large contingent of HR and benefits managers who face implementation now, during the holiday season no less.
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Mercer to Launch Health Insurance Exchange for Medicare-Eligible Employees

November 29, 2012
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The exchange, which Mercer is offering along with Connextions Inc., a technology solutions company, will provide assistance to retirees during enrollment periods and throughout the year.
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Depression Leads in Top Risk Factors for Employer Health Spending

November 28, 2012
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Annual medical spending for an employee with depression is $2,185 higher, or 48 percent more, than for a worker without depression, according to a new study.
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Medicare Beneficiaries Face Boost in Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

November 27, 2012
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Medicare beneficiaries will face higher out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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HHS Proposes Rules on Employee Wellness, Essential Health Benefits

November 21, 2012
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Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
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Health Care Reform Timeline

November 20, 2012
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Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been slow since its passage in March 2010. That will change starting in January when more regulations and requirements begin kicking in. Here is a list:
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Obamacare Health Exchanges Could Take a Big Bite Out of Broker Commissions

November 16, 2012
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State-run health care exchanges could offer one-stop shopping experiences for small businesses, which usually pay more for insurance because they lack the buying power of bigger companies.
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Group Health Plan Costs Up 4.1 Percent in 2012, Smallest Increase in 15 years: Mercer

November 14, 2012
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The 4.1 percent increase brought health plan costs to an average of $10,558 per employee in 2012, compared with $10,146 per employee in 2011, according to the survey.
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HealthPass New York Selects Bswift to Provide Exchange Technology, Services

November 13, 2012
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Bswift Inc. will provide HealthPass New York clients and members with functions and capabilities including reporting tools, dashboards and alerts for employers, as well as shopping tools, decision and enrollment support for employees.
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Obama Re-election to Accelerate Release of Health Care Reform Law Guidance

November 12, 2012
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Some health care reform law issues may be discussed during the remaining weeks of the current legislative session as lawmakers look for ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.
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