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South Dakota Declines to Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

September 27, 2012
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South Dakota joins several other states, including Texas, whose governors said they will not set up the exchanges.
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Group Health Care Spending Up in 2011: Analysis

September 26, 2012
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For those covered by employer plans, spending on health care services increased by 4.6 percent to $4,547 per plan enrollee. By contrast, in 2010, costs rose an average of 3.8 percent, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent Washington-based health research organization.
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Archer Daniels Midland Joins Growing Ranks of Employers Offering Pension Lump Sums

September 26, 2012
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Archer Daniels Midland Co. has disclosed that it will offer between 7,000 and 7,500 former employees who are eligible for but not yet receiving monthly pension benefits the opportunity to convert their future annuities to a lump-sum benefit.
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Health Care Premium Increases Ease in 2013 for Federal Employees

September 21, 2012
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The increase for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is down from this year's 3.8 percent average increase and sharply lower than 2011, when premiums rose by an average of 7.3 percent.
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Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Seeks to Block Enforcement of HHS Contraceptive Coverage Rule

September 12, 2012
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Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held, self-described Christian-owned and -operated retail chain with more than 500 stores and 22,500 employees in 41 states, says it is the first non-Catholic owned business to challenge the HHS edict.
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Group Health Insurance Premiums See Moderate Increase in 2012: Survey

September 11, 2012
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The survey of more than 2,000 employers found that the premium for family coverage rose an average of 4 percent, increasing to $15,745 this year.
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Certain Health Care Reform Provisions Should Be Kept: Romney

September 11, 2012
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Mitt Romney says that while he would seek to repeal the health care reform law if he were elected, he could keep the provision that bans health care plans from denying coverage of pre-existing medical conditions and perhaps even expand a provision that requires health care plans to provide coverage of employees' adult children up to age 26.
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Pension Plan Funding Levels Up Slightly in August: Study

September 10, 2012
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Defined benefit plans offered by the 100 U.S. employers with the largest pension programs were an average of 72.4 percent funded as of Aug. 31, up from 70.9 percent as of July 31, but sharply lower compared with the 78.7 percent funded ratio at the end of 2011.
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Health Care Reform a 'Badge of Honor' for Democrats: HHS Secretary

September 5, 2012
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During her speech, Kathleen Sebelius detailed what she said are some of the achievements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Repeal and Replace Health Care Reform Law: Romney

August 31, 2012
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during his speech at the Republican National Convention August 30.
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