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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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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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