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Survey: CFOs View Employee Health as Affecting the Bottom Line

February 15, 2012
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The survey, conducted by the not-for-profit Integrated Benefits Institute in San Francisco, indicates that the C-suite is increasingly involved in decisions regarding health benefits and the overall wellness of workers.
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Automatic Enrollment in Larger Employer Health Plans Delayed to 2014

February 15, 2012
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In recent guidance by the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, the agencies said the requirement will not go into effect until regulations are issued.
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Obama Administration Compromises on Prescription Contraceptive Rules

February 10, 2012
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Administration officials did not address how the coverage would be provided if the employer was self-insured. That issue is expected to be addressed in regulations to be released later.
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Small Employers Exploring Health Care Exchange Options

February 9, 2012
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A survey of 300 small-business owners in New York found that 84 percent believe health insurance exchanges, which will be in place in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are a good idea; 76 percent said they would consider using an exchange when enrolling employees in a health program.
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Administration Rethinks Contraceptive Mandate for Religious-Affiliated Employers

February 8, 2012
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Employers, such as hospitals and universities, that are affiliated with religious organizations would have to comply with the requirement for health care plan years that begin one year later.
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Magazine Pans 'Mini-Med' Plans

February 7, 2012
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A total of 3.9 million people were covered by such plans as of January, according to Consumer Reports.
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Aetna Accuses New York Doctors of Overcharging Patients

February 7, 2012
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The insurance company's lawsuit takes aim at the practice called 'balance billing,' which wallops some customers with fees big enough to buy a house.
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House Votes to Repeal CLASS Act

February 2, 2012
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The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, a long-term-care insurance provision of the 2010 health care reform law.
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Domestic Partners Finding Some Tax Relief on Health Benefits

January 25, 2012
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Ernst & Young joins other large firms offering to reimburse eligible employees for the tax burden—also known as a ‘gross up'—they incur on health care benefits.
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