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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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Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
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The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
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Companies Are Turning to Technology to Help Keep Workers Well

September 30, 2011
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To achieve enduring changes in employee behavior, more companies are following a Wellness 2.0 strategy. “Today's programs focus on identifying and preventing costly health issues, offer financial rewards for participants, and more often than not have a social aspect,” a consultant says.
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2011 Game Changer: Laura Picking

September 29, 2011
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Human resources manager, Delta Dental of Kansas, Wichita
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Feds Say 1 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance

September 21, 2011
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A 3.5 percentage-point increase over last year represents 1 million additional young adults with insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services said in releasing results from a survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, an HHS unit.
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Dear Workforce How Has the Recession Affected the Types of Benefits That Organizations Are Providing to Employees?

September 7, 2011
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How has the recession affected the types of benefits organizations use to keep their top performers? What kinds of benefits are organizations finding to be most effective at boosting retention and employee engagement, especially during the recession?
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