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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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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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