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FBI: Over 80 Percent of Active Shooter Incidents Occur at Work

By Roy Maurer  3/3/2015 

March 3, 2015


In a new online posting, the Department of Labor (DOL) reiterated that employers may not use a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or other means to reimburse employees for purchasing nongroup health insurance coverage, including policies available on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) public exchange.

Among the points addressed by the DOL in a set of Frequently Asked Questions posted on Nov. 6, 2014, were the following:

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November 17, 2014


Traditional preferred provider organizations (PPOs) are fast becoming relics of the past, like Model Ts.

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October 30, 2014


During open enrollment, be mindful of age-based differences

With four generations working side by side in the labor force—Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists—employers are challenged during open enrollment season to meet each group’s distinctive needs and expectations. These differences become especially relevant when honing ways to communicate health care options.

Millennials Embrace Technology

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October 13, 2014


Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the thresholds triggering the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on high-value plans in 2018, and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis by consultancy Towers Watson.

September 29, 2014


Fall-off in preventative visits, some screenings, indicate confusion over coverage


With a growing number of workers covered by health savings account (HSA)-eligible high-deductible health plans, how does the use of health care services by HSA participants compare with traditional health plans?

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September 25, 2014


The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is “a wake-up call” for HR professionals to take precautions with employees who travel to or are stationed in areas affected by the epidemic, says one medical expert.

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September 25, 2014


Rising costs and regulatory demands could fuel growth of private health exchanges  

Private health insurance exchanges could funamentally alter how employers provide health care to their workers, according to a September 2014 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Health Research Institute, The Rise of Retail Health Coverage.

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September 23, 2014


Large U.S. employers expect a 4 percent increase in 2015 health care costs for current employees after plan design changes and a 5.2 percent rate increase without plan adjustments, according to Towers Watson’s 2014 Health Care Changes Ahead Survey.

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September 17, 2014
The share of employers sponsoring retiree health coverage has declined and employers that continue to offer coverage are redesigning their plans in response to rising health care costs and the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, Retiree Health Benefits at the Crossroads.
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May 1, 2014
Cancer costs employers in the U.S. about $19,000 annually per 100 employees in lost work time and medical treatments, according to new research findings by the nonprofit Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI).
Specifically, lost work time and underperformance at work (presenteeism) due to cancer costs employers $10,000 per 100 workers, while medical and pharmacy treatments cost about $9,100, IBI found.
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April 7, 2014

Employer health care costs are expected to reach $9,560 per worker in 2014 

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March 20, 2014

In another delay of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) extended for two years a transitional policy that provides insurers the option, if allowed by their states, to renew their policies for current enrollees without adopting all of the 2014 market rule changes.

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March 7, 2014

Plan designs are rewarding cost-savvy choices 

Most U.S. employers plan to continue sponsoring health benefits for active employees and retirees but expect to change the way those benefits are managed and delivered in the coming years, according to research from Aon Hewitt.

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February 27, 2014

Last updated February 11, 2014


Below is the article posted in July 2013, regarding the inital employer mandate delay.

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February 12, 2014

Premiums for employer-provided health coverage in California have risen 185 percent since 2002—more than five times the state's overall inflation rate—according to a new report by the nonprofit California HealthCare Foundation.

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February 7, 2014

Confronting the growing burden of health care compliance documents

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January 27, 2014

As employers struggle with decisions regarding how to insure their employees in the changing health care landscape, brokers are using newly accessible data to help employers assess their options.

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January 15, 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that took effect Jan. 1, 2014, require health care coverage for individual- and small-group markets on one of four levels—referred to as an essential health benefits package—bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

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January 14, 2014