The 5 healthiest and unhealthiest states in America

By Ayla Ellison Although Americans made substantial improvements on some key health indicators in the past year, the country still faces significant health challenges, according to United Health Foundation’s 27th annual America’s Health Rankings. Read more…
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Putting Sugary Soda Out of Reach

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR Can public health officials force Americans to break their soda habit? The answer may come soon from the University of California, San Francisco, a health sciences center that has more than 24,000 employees on its sprawling campus. Last year, U.C.S.F. removed sugar-
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What’s bad for health insurers may be good for consumers

By Walecia Konrad After much speculation, it’s official: The U.S. Department of Justice announced last Thursday that it is suing to block health insurer Anthem’s proposed $48 billion acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana. The two
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Healthcare Initiative is Changing the Way Hospitals Do Business

By Brooke Nally It shouldn’t be surprising that an industry founded on the tenet of “do no harm” is seeking ways to become more sustainable. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national call for health systems to improve patient care and cut costs by changing the way they ap
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Text of Agency FAQs on ACA Implementation: (Part XXIX) and Mental Health Parity Implementation

BenefitsLink.com October 23, 2015 13 Q&As. “Coverage of Preventive Services … Are plans and issuers required to provide a list of the lactation counseling providers within the network?…. My non-grandfathered group health plan or coverage contains a general exclus
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Obama’s call for sick leave mandate ‘wrong approach’

By Nick Otto Middle class families were the stars of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, with financial wellness and retirement, while not forgotten, taking a back seat. Read more…
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Digital devices boost wellness programs

Matt Dunning Online diet and fitness tracking devices and mobile applications are becoming increasingly prevalent in employers’ workplace wellness programs, as a growing volume of surveys and case studies link personalization and portability with greater employee engagement in managin
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More employers’ wellness programs matching employee interests: Study

By Matt Dunning Employers are making measurable progress in aligning their workplace wellness programs more closely with their employees’ needs and interests, according to a new report by wellness program provider Virgin Pulse. Read more…
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By Stephanie Goldberg DALLAS — To combat rising health care costs and prepare for the 2018 health care reform law excise tax, many employers are changing their health plans and either implementing or experimenting with wellness programs. Read more…
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Global warming has wide-reaching healthcare impact, report says

By Steven Ross Johnson Climate change poses a threat to public health and efforts to address the rising chronic diseases while presenting new risks of the emergence of infectious disease outbreaks, according to a government report. Read more…
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