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Wellness Programs Growing Worldwide, Survey Shows

October 14, 2008
The fastest-growing components of wellness programs include technology-driven tools such as Web portals, online healthy-lifestyle programs and personal health records, according to ‘Working Well: A Global Survey of Wealth Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies.’
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Debit Cards Advance Cash for Health Bills

October 8, 2008
Financial investment firm Edward Jones helps employees pay unexpected medical bills by advancing cash interest-free from future paychecks. The plan helps calm employees’ fears of not being able to pay for high deductibles.
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IRS Clarifies Rules for Reservist FSA Distributions

October 3, 2008
The law, the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act, allows employers to amend their FSA programs to let reservists called up for at least six months of active duty take FSA funds as taxable distributions instead of forfeiting balances.
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Congress OKs Extending Health Coverage for Ill Students

September 29, 2008
The measure would allow college students to retain coverage for up to 12 months after they take a leave of absence. It was modeled after a New Hampshire law named for a student who continued her studies while battling cancer to maintain health insurance coverage.
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Federal Health Plan Costs to Increase

September 29, 2008
Following private industry trends, health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 7 percent next year in the health insurance program covering federal employees and retirees, the administrator of the program says.
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Market Slashes Fannie, Freddie CEO's Pay

September 26, 2008
The fired chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac amounted to only about a third of what was reported in the news media at the time because of plunges in the mortgage giants’ stock prices, the companies’ regulator says.
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