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Health Care Reform Takes Center Stage at SHRM Event

June 8, 2012
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Typically, SHRM's conference agenda reflects the economic, political and other realities of the workplace, and this year is no different. Several sessions are scheduled on the topics of health care reform, social media, aging workers and domestic partner benefits.
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Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down By U.S. Appeals Court

June 1, 2012
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Seven married same-sex couples and three widowers of gay spouses filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Boston in 2009 seeking to block federal employers from enforcing the DOMA restrictions.
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IRS Relaxes Health Reform Law $2,500 Limit for Noncalendar-Year FSAs

May 31, 2012
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Employer benefits lobbying groups complained that the limit would effectively force noncalendar-year plans to comply with the rule before the statutory effective date.
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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Cite Employees' Unhealthy Behavior as Biggest Challenge: Study

May 18, 2012
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In the past five years, the percentage of plan sponsors who list the breadth of coverage offered to employees as a top priority for their plans has fallen 14 percent from 57 percent at the end of 2011. Simultaneously, the percentage of sponsors citing a balance of cost and care as a top plan priority has risen to 78 percent from 41 percent in 2006.
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Wellness Isn't Such a Foreign Concept to American Express Employees Overseas

May 16, 2012
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The New York-based financial-services company has taken on such issues as food safety and prenatal care as part of a broader global wellness effort it launched in 2009.
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Essential Health Benefit Packages Under Health Care Reform Have Employers Wary

May 7, 2012
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Large and small employers have banded together to form the Essential Health Benefits Coalition to voice concerns in Washington and statehouses around the country on the issue.
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Insurer Goes After Surgery Centers for Out-of-Network Charges

May 1, 2012
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Employers are addressing the practice in part by looking at their benefit design and increasing deductibles and lowering out-of-pocket maximums so workers must pay a larger share for going out of network.
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Benefitfocus Launches Online Health Insurance Exchange

April 27, 2012
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Called HR InTouch Marketplace, the online private exchange mimics a retail site where employees can go online and add their chosen plans to a shopping cart.
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