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The ACA Waiting Game
Surprised by the sudden postponement in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements, experts weigh in on ways employers can take advantage of the delay and what the future requirements may involve.
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Made-To-Order Benefit Packages?
New research finds millennials may need to be persuaded to join their organizations' health plans. Here's how HR can help raise enrollment rates among this demographic.
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Putting the Brakes on Healthcare Spending
A recent PwC report suggests healthcare spending rates are slowing down, defying post-recession patterns. While experts say the drop could just be a natural leveling off, more organizations may begin to make bigger, bolder changes to benefit plan designs in an effort to keep costs trending down.
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Starting Your Healthcare Reform Communications
HR could very easily meet its obligation by sending out a canned notice about employee-coverage options before Oct. 1, but taking the time to explain the changing benefits landscape will limit the amount of time you have to spend on follow-up questions later.
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Private Health Exchange Market Keeps Growing
Although the number of companies that have moved their active workers to private healthcare exchanges is relatively small, experts say there is "a lot of interest" among organizations in evaluating the exchanges as a way to outsource their healthcare benefits.
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Are Employee Benefits Forever?
HR and benefit leaders gather in Las Vegas to explore their options as they chart a future course in healthcare and benefits.
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ACA 'Play or Pay' Day of Reckoning Looms
With an October open enrollment deadline, employers need to get serious about their healthcare benefit decisions. But do they have enough information to act?
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Is Wellness a Healthy Way to Curb Healthcare Costs?
A trio of authors says wellness savings may be illusory and result from cost shifting, not creating healthier employees. Naturally, some experts disagree.
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Reducing My Hours? See You in Court!
Employers that seek to reduce their exposure under the Affordable Care Act's "play or pay" mandate in 2014 by reducing their employees' hours could risk incurring penalties under a section of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
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The Cost of ACA Compliance
With a key Affordable Care Act mandate taking effect in 2014, a recent study finds many employers still wrestling with how healthcare reform will impact their bottom lines. Time will tell, experts say, how creative HR and benefits leaders have to get in designing robust benefit plans while keeping costs in line.
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Five Key Healthcare-Reform Considerations for HR
The key aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have become well known to most employers, but there remain more than a few issues that haven't received as much attention but still need to be addressed by HR executives.
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The Next Stage of Healthcare Consumerism
Some employers are turning to price transparency and quality reports in order to encourage employees to become active players in the fight to lower healthcare costs.
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The Next Step in Wellness
Experts say a workplace that offers programs geared toward employees' financial and social well-being, not just their physical health, will lead to better outcomes.
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Disability and The Whole-Person Approach
Disability will be a growing cost center for organizations in the years ahead, and HR leaders are ideally suited to help organizations and their employees rein in the coming costs associated with disability.
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A Healthy Discussion
A highly publicized and controversial study from the Centers for Disease Control may present an opportunity for HR to start a conversation about "realistic health goals." One large healthcare organization is doing just that.
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Wellness Programs Get Booster Shot from Feds
With some recent proposed rules, federal agencies should make it easier for employers to get serious about wellness in the quest to cut healthcare costs.
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Accommodating Food Allergies at Work
Once an employee establishes that he or she suffers from a food allergy, the employer is obligated to engage in an "interactive process" with the employee to discuss whether there is a reasonable accommodation that would enable the employee to perform the essential functions of his or her position.
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Healthcare Benefits Keep Evolving
Employers are keeping their healthcare costs down, in part by continuing to shift more costs to their employees. Private healthcare exchanges represent the next step in this approach.
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