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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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Supreme Court to Review Health Care Reform Law

November 14, 2011
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Observers have said that decisions for cases argued in the court's spring term would likely by published by June, which could thrust the case into the national run-up to the November 2012 presidential election.
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Employers Embrace Consumer-Driven Health Plans, Other Tactics, to Contain Health Care Costs

November 9, 2011
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A recent Mercer survey indicates the average cost of providing employee health coverage will rise just 5.4 percent in 2012. This is good news for companies, but an aging workforce, health care reform and the economy continue to have a negative impact on health care costs. What are employers doing to keep costs down?
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UnitedHealthcare opens 'Superstore'

November 9, 2011
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The insurer bills it as the nation's first comprehensive health benefits store. Considering the many questions consumers have about health care these days, it probably won't be the last.
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Heightened Awareness of Benefits Plays Pivotal Role in Employee Experience

October 26, 2011
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Employers spend a great deal of time and money trying to educate employees about their benefit options, but do employees most understand and use them effectively? Here are some of the do's and don'ts of benefits communications.
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Hero of Missouri Tornado Disaster Finally Gets Comp Benefits

October 25, 2011
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The 51-year-old social worker's medical expenses have exceeded $2.5 million and are still mounting. He reportedly has no medical insurance.
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President to Sign Bill Increasing Health Insurance Subsidies for Certain Workers

October 18, 2011
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President Barack Obama on Oct. 21 will sign trade legislation that also will boost federal health insurance premium subsidies for employees who lose their jobs because of foreign competition and older retirees in failed pension plans, the White House announced Oct. 18.
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Bill Requiring Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in California

October 12, 2011
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If the autism coverage mandate laid down by the California measure is not included in what federal regulators decide is essential benefits, the mandate automatically will expire.
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IOM Health Plan Report Points to Premium Targets

October 10, 2011
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The Institute of Medicine's nearly 300-page report is a response to Department of Health and Human Services' request for the IOM's recommendations about the process the HHS secretary should use to define and update essential health benefits.
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