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Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform Law

December 19, 2011
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On March 26, the justices will hear arguments on whether a challenge to the law's individual mandate that requires individuals to enroll in a qualified plan or pay a financial penalty can be imposed before the provision's January 2014 effective date.
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Employment-Based Coverage Fell Sharply During Great Recession: Analysis

December 16, 2011
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The drop in employment-based coverage is directly linked to the slump in the economy, according to the analysis, which is based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
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HHS: Health Care Reform Law Adds Coverage for 2.5M Young Adults

December 14, 2011
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An earlier National Center for Health Statistics study found that about 1 million young adults gained coverage in the first quarter this year.
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Supreme Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Health Care Reform Law Litigation

December 9, 2011
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Among other things, the high court will hear whether the law's individual mandate is constitutional. That mandate, effective in January 2014, requires individuals to enroll in a qualified health care plan or pay a financial penalty.
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PBGC Boosts Maximum Benefit in 2012 to Nearly $56,000

November 27, 2011
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Changes in the maximum benefit guarantee, which will increase 3.4 percent next year, are linked to wage inflation.
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Employer Health Care Reform Law Communication Mandate Delayed

November 18, 2011
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The proposed rules would require employers to provide employees with an 'easy-to-understand' summary of benefits and coverage and, upon request, a glossary of commonly used health care coverage terms, such as deductible and copay.
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Mercer: Group Health Care Costs Climb 6.1 Percent as Cost per Employee Tops $10K

November 17, 2011
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Amid steadily rising costs, employers, especially larger organizations, continue to take action to try to hold down cost increases to more manageable levels, according to the Mercer survey.
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Analysis Notes More Large Employers Freeze Defined Benefit Plans

November 17, 2011
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In 2004, as the corporate drive to freeze defined benefit plans was picking up momentum, only 45, or 7.1 percent of 633 Fortune 1000 companies with defined benefit plans, had frozen at least one plan, reports consultancy Towers Watson.
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Survey Set for Employers on How They Used Early Retiree Reimbursement Funds

November 16, 2011
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Under the $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program set up as part of the health care reform law, approved plan sponsors have received partial reimbursement of claims they have paid.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $26 Billion

November 15, 2011
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As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.
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