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Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform Law

December 19, 2011
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On March 26, the justices will hear arguments on whether a challenge to the law's individual mandate that requires individuals to enroll in a qualified plan or pay a financial penalty can be imposed before the provision's January 2014 effective date.
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Employment-Based Coverage Fell Sharply During Great Recession: Analysis

December 16, 2011
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The drop in employment-based coverage is directly linked to the slump in the economy, according to the analysis, which is based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
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The Hot List: 2011 Dental and Vision Providers

December 14, 2011
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HHS: Health Care Reform Law Adds Coverage for 2.5M Young Adults

December 14, 2011
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An earlier National Center for Health Statistics study found that about 1 million young adults gained coverage in the first quarter this year.
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Supreme Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Health Care Reform Law Litigation

December 9, 2011
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Among other things, the high court will hear whether the law's individual mandate is constitutional. That mandate, effective in January 2014, requires individuals to enroll in a qualified health care plan or pay a financial penalty.
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Firms Seek Medical Second Opinions

December 6, 2011
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Reviews seen as tool to reduce costs of complex cases.
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Analysis: Employers Can Help Employees Be More Responsible for Their Health

November 30, 2011
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The report recommends that employers take into account their organization's culture when implementing workplace health and benefit programs.
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Employers Adding Value to Good Employee Health

November 27, 2011
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Most early-adapting companies are in the first of three phases to a value-based approach to health care, which involves reducing or eliminating costs around specific medical conditions that have, or may in the future have a negative effect on an employer's health insurance costs.
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Lack of Understanding Hampers Value Plan Participation

November 27, 2011
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One expert says that the majority of human resources managers still rely upon software solutions that are 25 years old or more.
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Employer Health Care Reform Law Communication Mandate Delayed

November 18, 2011
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The proposed rules would require employers to provide employees with an 'easy-to-understand' summary of benefits and coverage and, upon request, a glossary of commonly used health care coverage terms, such as deductible and copay.
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