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Health of Overseas Medical Tourism in Question Among Employers

August 15, 2011
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The promise of big health care savings for employers has yet to materialize. ‘Employers are not risk takers, and there’s the concern that if something bad happened to an employee in a distant country, they would be liable,’ says one benefits expert.
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Few Health Care Organizations Expect to Drop Health Plans

August 12, 2011
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The findings track closely with other surveys. For example, last year, consultant Mercer in New York found that 6 percent of employers with at least 500 employees and 20 percent of employers with 10 to 499 employees said it was likely they would drop coverage in 2014.
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Tech Tools Add a Dose of Transparency to Cut Health Care Costs

August 12, 2011
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As technology continues to mesh with medicine, industry leaders—especially Howard McClure—contend that transparency will cut costs while building a stronger, more responsive health care system.
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Senate Leaders Agree on New Approach to Health Coverage Tax Credit

August 5, 2011
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The Health Coverage Tax Credit was created in 2002 and included as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance law.
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McKinsey Issues Statement on Controversial Health Reform Survey Results

June 22, 2011
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In the statement released June 20, the consulting firm said the 1,300 respondents ranged in size from organizations with less than 20 employees to those with more than 10,000 employees.
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One-Third With HSAs Spend Most of Contributions for Reimbursements

March 22, 2011
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Contributions to health savings accounts averaged $2,620 in 2010, including individual and employer contributions, down slightly from $2,647 in 2009.
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Bill Would Repeal FSA Cap Provision in Health Care Reform Law

February 14, 2011
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The measure, introduced Feb. 10 by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would remove the provision, which, effective in 2013, places a $2,500 ceiling on FSA contributions.
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Waivers for Mini-Med Plan Sponsors Nearly Double

December 7, 2010
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Many of the most recent waivers were granted to local union health care funds. In all, nearly three dozen waivers involve union funds.
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