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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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Health Plan Administrator Seeks to Exempt HRAs from Health Reform Law Research Fees

September 6, 2011
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That fee—to be used to fund research on medical outcomes as part of the federal health care reform law—will be $1 per plan participant for the first plan year ending after Sept. 30, 2012, and $2 per participant in succeeding years.
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2014: A Health Care Odyssey

September 1, 2011
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Just over two years from now, the major provisions of health care reform kick in. Will your company be ready for the changes that are coming your way?
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'It Was Like Christmas'

September 1, 2011
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With companies leaning on lean staffs to carry more weight in this melancholy marketplace, perhaps the best thing your company could do is offer a little early holiday spirit. You know, surprise them with a thoughtful gift. Go ahead: Make their day.
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Much Obliged? No, Benefits Are Optional, but ..

August 31, 2011
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Except for Social Security, workers' compensation and a few state requirements, employers are free to choose whether to provide other benefits.
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Federal Rules Would Dictate How Employers Explain Health Plan Coverage

August 18, 2011
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The summary of benefits and coverage would have to include the portion of expenses a health care plan would cover in each of three situations: having a baby, treating breast cancer and managing diabetes.
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HSA Changes Add More to Consider When Picking Plans

August 17, 2011
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Two elements of federal health care reform legislation passed last year that could affect HSAs’ growth. Over-the-counter medications had been HSA-eligible, but now only those prescribed by a physician will be allowed. The second change is an increase to 20 percent from 10 percent in the tax penalties on nonqualified HSA expense withdrawals.
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IRS to Issue New Health Care Reform Law Affordability Test

August 15, 2011
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In a proposal that was welcomed by employers, the Internal Revenue Service said it will develop a safe harbor in which coverage would be considered affordable so long as the premium contribution for single coverage did not exceed 9.5 percent of employees’ W-2 wages.
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