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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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Rising Health Care Costs to Pinch Employees

October 9, 2012
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The average cost to insure an employee is projected to jump to $11,283 in 2013, from $10,616 this year, according to the report by the unit of London-based Aon Corp.
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Lack of Health Care Reform Guidance Hampers State Lawmakers: Letter

October 9, 2012
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For employers, final regulatory guidance has yet to come in a number of areas, including whether employers will be assessed a penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee if they do not offer coverage to all full-time employees, and how much they will have to pay to fund a three-year health care reform law program that will partially reimburse health insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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Group Health Care Plan Costs to Rise 6.3 Percent in 2013: Aon Hewitt

October 4, 2012
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The average group health care plan cost per employee is projected to rise to $11,188 per employee next year, according to an analysis released Oct. 3 by Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Aon Hewitt.
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Romney Reform Repeal Would Mean More Uninsured: Commonwealth Fund

October 2, 2012
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Under Romney's plan, 30 percent or more of the under-65 population in nine states—Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas—would be left uninsured by 2022, which the report says would increase the number of uninsured in every state.
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Well, Well: Employers Tie Health Care Financial Incentives to Specific Outcomes

September 29, 2012
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Many companies offer incentives and tie them to plan design, specific health outcomes or apply surcharges when employees don't take part in particular programs.
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Is Choosing a Defined Contribution in Health Care Taking the Radical Route?

September 28, 2012
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The option, which gives employees more autonomy, could revolutionize employer-provided health benefits, proponents say.
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Sutter Health Seeks Approval to Offer HMO in California

September 26, 2012
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Under California's Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act, health plans must obtain a license from the Department of Managed Health Care to operate as HMOs in the state.
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Employees Will Need to Be Educated About Benefits Eligibility

September 24, 2012
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Fortunately, most payroll and human resource information system vendors either already have a robust time and attendance system or are building one to meet the new employer record-keeping requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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