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Employers Struggle With Communicating Benefits Cuts

September 1, 2009
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Employees are aware of the economic downturn, but experts say companies still should tread carefully when deciding how to communicate changes that usually mean less money in employees’ pockets.
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Employers Eyeing Voluntary Benefits in Tough Economy

February 23, 2009
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Many employers are transforming company benefits to voluntary status to shift costs to employees.
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As Workforce Ages, Employers Might Face Higher Disability Costs

October 29, 2008
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Some experts contend that older workers are prone to more injuries and illnesses, meaning more time until they return to the job, less productivity and, eventually, higher disability costs. Others say it’s overall health, not age, that governs disability costs.
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Manufacturer’s Move to High-Deductible Plans Requires Continual Employee Education

July 31, 2008
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Sperian Protection USA Inc. didn’t sugarcoat the realities of consumer-driven health care when it introduced its plan. And it continues to explain its complexities in monthly meetings with employees.
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Humana Asks Employees to Do the Math to See the Value of Consumer-Driven Health Plans

July 31, 2008
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The health insurer’s accountants and actuaries were the first to sign up, having run the numbers and realizing that if they were healthy, they could benefit from enrolling. ‘We want all our associates to do the math,’ an HR leader says.
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Materials Distributor Builds Employee Support for a High-Deductible Health Plan

July 31, 2008
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BlueLinx Co. began offering high-deductible plans to handle skyrocketing health premiums by getting employees involved in health costs and control.
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Switch to High-Deductible Plans Not Easy for Employers

July 31, 2008
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Consumer-driven health plans can be a tough sell to employees, some of whom are accustomed to using their health insurance coverage cards at every doctor visit and never seeing a bill thereafter.
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ROI Calculations for Wellness Programs Remain Elusive

May 1, 2008
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Companies want to immediately show the payoff from their wellness program investments. The experts say it’s not an easy thing to do, but they encourage companies to pursue wellness programs anyway.
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How Two Employers Measured Wellness Success

May 1, 2008
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Highmark Inc. and St. Luke Health Systems used different approaches to assess return on investment. Both approaches had limitations, but the organizations said the analyses showed they were getting good returns on their wellness investments.
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Health Care Debit Cards Remain Convenient Tool Despite High-Profile Exit

September 18, 2007
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Despite American Express Co.’s decision to stop offering its health care-related debit cards at the end of the year, other major issuers will continue offering the credit cards to pay health care bills using employees’ health savings accounts and health reimbursement arrangements.
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