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Law Firm Ordered to Restore Retirement, Pension Plan Assets

January 23, 2013
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Eichholz Law Firm P.C. and former Managing Partner Benjamin Eichholz breached their fiduciary responsibilities under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by improperly transferring and lending plan assets to prohibited recipients.
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HHS Proposes Rules to Verify Health Care Premium Subsidy Eligibility

January 15, 2013
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Under the proposed rule, administrators of state and federal insurance exchanges must verify whether applicants seeking tax credits to buy health care coverage through an exchange are enrolled or eligible for qualifying coverage in an employer-sponsored health care plan.
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Workers Indicted for Defrauding Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program

December 20, 2012
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The employees are accused of falsely reporting that they participated in healthy activities in order to earn rewards through a wellness program included in their employee health insurance plans.
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Group Benefits Costs to Rise at Slowest Rate in 11 Years: Study

December 19, 2012
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A survey of 123 insurers and benefits administrators, released Dec. 17, indicated that group health care plan cost increases through June 2013 will be between 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent lower than they were in the first half of this year.
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Domino's Pizza Founder Wants Exemption From Contraceptive Mandate

December 18, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services law requires most employers to provide cost-free coverage for birth control prescriptions, sterilization, preventative screenings and other forms of women's preventative care.
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Year-End Pension Funding Gaps Could be Largest on Record: Mercer

December 7, 2012
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The aggregate funding deficit in pension plans sponsored by S&P 1500 employers narrowed to $607 billion in November, down $12 billion from the $619 billion deficit recorded in October.
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Employee Opinion of Health Care Benefits Value Drops: Mercer

December 5, 2012
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Thirty-six percent of employees polled in Mercer's annual Workplace Survey indicated that their out-of-pocket costs were 'definitely' commensurate with the health benefits they receive through their employer, down from 44 percent in 2011 and 38 percent in 2010.
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Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits Would Cost Government $144M Over 10 Years

November 29, 2012
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If the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act were enacted, it would override DOMA's provisions regarding federal employees, but not its overarching definition of marriage for tax and Social Security purposes.
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HHS Proposes Rules on Employee Wellness, Essential Health Benefits

November 21, 2012
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Officials said the proposed rules on wellness programs are designed to give employers greater flexibility to design programs that will positively affect their employees' overall health while providing individuals with enhanced protections against discriminatory practices.
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HealthPass New York Selects Bswift to Provide Exchange Technology, Services

November 13, 2012
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Bswift Inc. will provide HealthPass New York clients and members with functions and capabilities including reporting tools, dashboards and alerts for employers, as well as shopping tools, decision and enrollment support for employees.
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