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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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Most Employers to Continue Offering Health Benefits: Survey

October 25, 2012
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Out of 111 Midwestern employers surveyed in August, only 8 percent said they intend to drop health care coverage for active employees in 2018, when the last of the federal health care reform act's provisions are expected to take effect, according to the Chicago-based business group's report.
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Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits for Retirees Dying Out

October 24, 2012
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Data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute showed that in 1997, 10.2 percent of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible retirees and that 11.3 percent provided such coverage to early retirees. As of last year, those numbers fell to 6.1 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.
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Expedia Constructing Work-Site Clinic at Headquarters

October 22, 2012
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The clinic is being constructed by Qliance Medical Management Inc., a Seattle-based health care firm that contracts with employers to provide primary care to employees and their dependents through its network of clinics.
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A Perk the Boss Can't Afford

October 22, 2012
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New York City wants to give small business workers paid time off—a benefit some of their employers can rarely take.
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Benefit Tech Tools Aim to Turn Employees Into Smart Shoppers

October 19, 2012
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Health care consumerism—a movement to empower employees with information to help them choose plans, providers and treatments—is giving rise to online decision-support tools that assess the best benefit plan for their needs.
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Guidance on Health Reform Law's Transitional Reinsurance Program Requested

October 15, 2012
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Many questions remain unanswered about the Transitional Reinsurance Program, the Washington-based benefits lobbying group noted in a letter sent this month to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will enforce the program.
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