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Valuing Value: California Mines New Health Coverage Plan Concepts

January 18, 2013
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SeeChange Health and Blue Shield of California are two San Francisco insurance companies that are stepping up efforts to market value-based insurance design plans to large employers.
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HHS Gives $1.5 Billion in Grants to 11 States to Set Up Health Exchanges

January 17, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it is giving $1.5 billion in grants to 11 states to launch or further develop health insurance exchanges. Those states are California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont.
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Workers' Wellness Goes Wireless With Activity Trackers

January 15, 2013
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Unlike its predecessor the pedometer, which tracked only steps and whose data couldn't be uploaded or easily shared, the accelerometer monitors steps, distance and calories burned. It even tracks sleep.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 14, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Tobacco Cessation Report Lights Up Coverage Gaps, Confusing Language

January 11, 2013
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Researchers found 'significant variation in how private health insurance coverage works for tobacco cessation treatment' when analyzing 39 insurance contracts in six states.
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Higher Financial Penalties Proposed for Uninsured Massachusetts Residents

January 11, 2013
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In 2012, the maximum penalty for non-compliance was $105 a month, or $1,260 a year. The maximum penalty this year for those with incomes that exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level will be $106 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance, or $1,272 a year.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 11, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Narcotic Pain Drugs Remain Atop List of Workers' Comp Insurer Concerns

January 9, 2013
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Concern over the long-term implications of prescribing narcotic pain medications to injured workers has grown during the past two years.
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Specialty Drugs and the Cost Conundrum

January 3, 2013
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Steep prices of specialty drugs—such as Humira or Enbrel, which can cost more than $14,000 annually—are prompting employers to focus on managing the expense. But the question is how. “There are lots of cogs in this wheel and that complicates the management of these drugs,” says Cheryl Larson, vice president of the Midwest Business Group on Health.
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IRS Rules Ease Compliance With Health Reform Law Employer Mandate

January 2, 2013
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The massive $2,000-per-full-time-employee penalty will not apply so long as employers offer coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees and their dependents up to age 26, the IRS said.
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