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Articles by Lisa Beyer

Will New Claims and Appeals Procedures Change Case Law?

March 20, 2012
Health care reform regulations that took effect for the 2011 plan year require non-grandfathered self-insured and insured group health plans to make changes to their internal appeal procedures and offer external reviews of denied claims. As a result, all plans, whether subject to or exempt from ERISA, will have to follow the same general claim-handling rules.
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Personal Finance: Cure the Worry Bug With a Dose of Education

February 21, 2012
Financial stress and uncertainty are serious workplace issues, a study by MetLife Inc. shows. Seventy-eight percent of employers said concerns over financial problems could have a negative effect on productivity. The study also found that effective financial education lowers stress, reduces absenteeism and increases productivity among the workforce.
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Small Employers Exploring Health Care Exchange Options

February 9, 2012
A survey of 300 small-business owners in New York found that 84 percent believe health insurance exchanges, which will be in place in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are a good idea; 76 percent said they would consider using an exchange when enrolling employees in a health program.
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The Rise and Fall of Employer-Sponsored Pension Plans

January 24, 2012
To celebrate Workforce Management's 90th anniversary, we're running a series of articles looking at important workforce-related issues with a then-and-now theme. This installment examines the history of employer-sponsored pension (defined benefit) plans with a focus on the turbulent 1930s, what's happening with those plans today, and what the future of employer-sponsored retirement looks like. Next month, we look at the 1940s and the return of veterans into the workforce.
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