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NEWSMAKER #3 Christopher Cox

December 29, 2006
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If the stock options backdating scandal was bad news for hundreds of executives, it was practically a ringing endorsement for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox and his efforts to make executive compensation more transparent.
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NEWSMAKER #1 John Boehner

December 29, 2006
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Rep. John Boehner’s focus on pension reform did not begin when he persuaded 76 Democrats to vote July 28 for HR 4, a bill he sponsored. It began seven years earlier.
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Other Notable Newsmakers

December 29, 2006
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Workforce Management ’s other notable newsmakers for 2006 include Susan Chambers of Wal-Mart, Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and union leader Andy Stern.
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Medical Travel The Domestic Route

December 1, 2006
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Employers who do not want to send employees overseas for elective surgeries may be able to reap the benefits of medical tourism—lower-cost health care—in places that don’t require patients to pack their passports.
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Medical Tourism A Ticket to Lower Health Care Costs

December 1, 2006
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Thousands of Americans annually travel abroad for low-cost surgeries that meet or exceed U.S. standards, but large employers are hesitant to use this option for fear of vilification.
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Consumer-Driven Health Plans See Meager Enrollment Gains, Kaiser Report Finds

October 22, 2006
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Small annual increase of 300,000 workers contrasts with the strong interest such plans have garnered among employers and insurers.
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Some Employers Look to Break the PBM Habit

October 9, 2006
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Consultants say cutting out the pharmaceutical middlemen is possible for any firm hoping to contain fast-growing drug costs.
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Stuck in the Waiting Room

October 9, 2006
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If the private sector doesn't come up with a cure for spiraling health care costs, some experts say a national health care model could become reality.
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Reinsurance Gains Traction Among Legislators and Employers

October 9, 2006
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Reinsurance is gaining political ground on a national level, and support exists among large employers who face pressure because they do not insure a large portion of their employees.
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A Dose of Transparency to Alleviate System's Ills

October 9, 2006
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Providing more data on quality and expense of care may help rein in costs, but only if consumers put the information to work.
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