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Consumerism Coming to Companies' Health Care Plans

March 13, 2012
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Large employers at the annual National Business Group on Health conference held last week grappled with uncertainty around health care, but one thing was clear: Employees will be asked to do more to keep costs down by staying healthy and becoming savvier consumers.
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Obesity Problems Weigh on Workers' Comp

March 8, 2012
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Not only are obese workers comp claimants likely to miss more work days than healthy-weight co-workers with similar injuries, obese workers are likely to have higher medical costs and are more likely to become permanently disabled, research has shown.
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Lines Drawn as Individual Mandate Heads to High Court

March 8, 2012
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The Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on whether the individual mandate is constitutional. And if not, can it be severed from the rest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?
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WFM Cover 03-2012

March 8, 2012
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The Last Word: Drilling Down

March 7, 2012
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Insurance companies are finally fighting back against exorbitant, seemingly unnecessary billings when a procedure could be done for a lot less.
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CFOs Say Keeping Worker Health Benefits a Boon for Business

March 7, 2012
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Most CFOs surveyed by the Integrated Benefits Institute say that maintaining the good health of their employees offers a competitive advantage
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Northeastern Companies Reap Benefits of Healthy Habits

March 6, 2012
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Six winners of the New England Employee Benefits Council's Best Practice awards for 2011 include Ocean Spray's Moms at Work program and Staples' use of computer games to entice the office supply company's younger workers to save for retirement.
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Despite Potential Prohibition, Matter of ‘Mini-Med' Insurance Plans Persists Via Waivers

March 6, 2012
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The plans are attractive because they typically have low premiums—sometimes just $10 per month. But coverage limits can be as low as $1,000 annually, and some plans pay for just four doctor's visits per year.
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Massachusetts' Medical Menu

March 2, 2012
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The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy published cost figures of procedues last year, part of a blitzkrieg of data that officials have released as they strive to better understand what's driving the state's high health costs.
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