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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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Obama Win Seen as Victory for Health Care Reform

November 7, 2012
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President Barack Obama's victory serves as a vindication for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts said soon after the president won re-election Nov. 6.
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With Election Near, Romney, Obama Take Very Different Stances on Health Care Reform Law

November 5, 2012
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Republican challenger Mitt Romney said numerous times during the campaign that one of his first acts, if elected, would be to seek repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But if President Barack Obama is elected for a new term, experts expect an acceleration in the pace at which health care reform regulations are issued.
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Companies Aim to Improve Wellness of Telecommuting, Traveling Employees, Too

October 30, 2012
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Employers are tailoring wellness offerings to suit staffs that aren't in the office. Programs must be “highly timely, personalized and relevant,” an expert says.
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Aging Workforce Not as Costly as Some Think: NCCI Report

October 29, 2012
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The new report adds to NCCI Holdings Inc. research findings published in 2011 concluding that on average costs for workers aged 35 and older tend to be similar.
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