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U.S. Awaits Supreme Court's Ruling on Health Care Reform Law

June 22, 2012
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Three months after the justices heard oral arguments on a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by 26 Republican state attorneys general, the high court will rule sometime next week as its 2011-2012 term comes to a close.
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3.1 Million Young Adults Gained Coverage Through Health Care Reform: HHS

June 20, 2012
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The increase is directly attributable to the young adult coverage provision in the health care reform law, federal researchers say.
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U.S. Health Care Spending Sees Modest Increases

June 13, 2012
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The recent modest increases contrast sharply with the explosive growth in health care expenditures of just a few years ago. From 2001 through 2003, increases in health care spending averaged nearly 9 percent. And as recently as 2007, costs leaped 6.2 percent.
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Most Employers Plan to Continue Offering Health Care Coverage

June 11, 2012
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Just over 9 percent cited retention of tax advantages as a reason for keeping coverage and just over 7 percent said a top reason for keeping coverage was to avoid tax penalties.
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House OKs Changes to Flexible Spending Account Use It or Lose It Rule

June 8, 2012
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Employers could amend their FSAs to allow employees to withdraw as taxable cash up to $500 in unused balances remaining at the end of the plan year or at the end of an FSA grace period, if an employer has that feature.
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Benefit Execs Say Supreme Court Will Strike Down Individual Mandate

June 7, 2012
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Some 66 percent of the respondents' predictions about the fate of the mandate reflect what they heard the justices say during oral arguments, says one expert.
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Obama to Veto FSA, HSA Legislation

June 6, 2012
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Under the measure headed for a vote this week on the House floor, employers could amend their FSAs to allow employees to withdraw as taxable cash up to $500 in unused balances remaining at the end of the plan year or at the end of an FSA grace period, if an employer has that feature.
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House Panel OKs Bill to Ease FSA ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It' Rule

June 1, 2012
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The bill approved by the House panel would eliminate over-the-counter restrictions in the health care reform law.
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IRS Relaxes Health Reform Law $2,500 Limit for Noncalendar-Year FSAs

May 31, 2012
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Employer benefits lobbying groups complained that the limit would effectively force noncalendar-year plans to comply with the rule before the statutory effective date.
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Health Savings Account Enrollment Surges 18 Percent

May 30, 2012
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The key factor driving HSA growth is that premiums for high-deductible health insurance plans, which the law requires be linked to HSAs, tend to be lower than more traditional health plans, according to numerous surveys.
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