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Recent Posts

Accountable Care Organizations: Final Rules Issued

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rules governing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on October 20, 2011, to be published in th
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Medicare Part B 2012 Premiums Lower Than Projected

The Obama administration today announced that premiums for Medicare Part B coverage in 2012 will be $99.90 a month for most beneficiaries, a smaller-than-expected increas
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Oregon Banks On Community Health Care

Long before the national health law was enacted last year, a handful of states started work on their own health care overhauls. Massachusetts became the first state to re
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High-Deductible Health Plans More Common On Employers’ Menus

Health plan deductibles keep inching up. When employees sign up for coverage this fall during their company’s annual enrollment period, nearly a quarter will face a
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Gov. Shumlin and the Push for Single-Payer Health Care

At a time when states are struggling to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Vermont’s ambitious plan to create the nation’s first sin
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Wellness Engagement Efforts Must Change; Here’s How To Make It Happen

More than half of the average company’s employees do not engage in wellness programs because they don’t think the programs are relevant to them. Thus, changing their mind
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Court Moves Forward Suit over Post-Employment Benefits Advice

October 26, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled, a former employee can continue with his claim that his former emp
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Health care reform review decision could come on Nov. 10

The Supreme Court could decide Nov. 10 whether it will review President Barack Obama’s health care reform law this term. The Obama administration and five opponents of th
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State Wants To Exempt Health Insurers From 80% Rule

The state’s insurance regulator wants to exempt health insurance companies from the new federal requirement that they spend 80% of premiums on medical care. The Off
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ERIC Urges Proposals to Make Benefit Summaries Relevant to Self-Insured Plans

Washington, D.C. — The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments on proposed regulations regarding implementation of the uniform summary of benefits
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Application of the Service Provider Fee Disclosure Regulations to Third Party Administrators

Third party administrators (TPAs) are struggling to determine if and how the new service provider fee disclosure regulations will affect their practices. Many TPAs have d
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Medicare Part D Plan Premiums Expected To Rise An Average Of 4%

from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: In 2012, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs), on average, will experience a 4% increase
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Insurers, employers offer incentives to promote healthful habits

Growing numbers of companies are offering money and merchandise to get workers to exercise, lose weight or meet other health goals to cut costs. Read More..
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Premiums, Deductibles And Cost Sharing In Employer Health Plans Keep Rising

Signing up for health insurance during your company’s annual enrollment period, which for many plans is right now, may feel like taking a nasty dose of medicine: Yo
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What’s Ahead for Health Plans

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The key provisions of the federal health overhaul take effect in 2014, including a requirement for most people to have health insur
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