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Playing Games at Work
I love to play games -- something that started as a kid and continues to surprise my mom. She thought I outgrew this fascination.
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Numbers Don't Bode Well for Blue-Collar Health
With a new report showing blue-collar workers are more prone to illness than other groups, experts say HR's challenge is to understand the unique aspects of their own workforces' well-being as well as the unique things they're going to have to do as an employer to address its workers' needs.
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On Target
With healthcare costs only going up, employers are getting aggressive about motivating unhealthy and chronically ill workers to get healthy.
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Confusion Reigns Over ACA Implementation
With the 2014 deadline approaching for implementing major provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many employees covered through their employers are already receiving letters informing them of the ACA's "Medical Loss Ratio" requirement.
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Wellness Program Passes ADA Fitness Test
A recent ruling by the 11th Circuit suggests that there are circumstances where an organization can offer a "non-voluntary" wellness program without running afoul of the ADA, according to legal experts.
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Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey
See the results of Aon Hewitt's survey of 562 organizations in its Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey and report.
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How Healthcare-Reform Ruling will Affect Play-or-Pay
The U.S. Supreme Court made up its mind on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, it's "play or pay" decision-time for employers.
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A Line of Sight
Companies are finding that vision plans can do more than just help their aging workforce with eye care. But getting employee buy-in isn't necessarily a snap.
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Getting It Right
Against the backdrop of healthcare reform, planning and prioritizing for open enrollment is more crucial than ever.
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Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
While healthcare spending for employers should grow at a historically low rate in 2013, it continues to escalate at double-digit levels around the globe in 2012.
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Specialty Drugs, Spiraling Costs
Thanks to the rise of generics, pharmaceutical-benefit costs have been dropping -- with one glaring exception: specialty drugs.
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The 'Grand Experiments'
Are corporate exchanges the answer to soaring healthcare costs?
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Grappling With LTC
When I consider the topics of long-term-care insurance and caring for loved ones -- especially elderly -- I always turn to my friends and colleagues in Hawaii. Hawaii is a harbinger for what's to come in both caregiving and LTC since it is the nation's leader in the number of intergenerational households.
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Employers Shifting Benefits Costs, Choices to Employees
As healthcare costs continue to rise, companies expect to give employees greater responsibility for choosing their benefits and contributing to the cost, according to a survey of senior finance executives by Prudential Financial Inc. and CFO Research Services.
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The Play-or-Pay Decision for Employers
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on healthcare reform moved the national conversation forward. Now, employers are plotting their next moves, but what factors will weigh most heavily in their decision to either "pay" or "play"?
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Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
Despite continuing to grow at double-digit levels in 2012, two reports predict the rate of healthcare spending by employers will begin to stabilize or slow next year. But at least one expert warns: Don't be fooled by the headlines.
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Check-up, Change and Choice
There are both challenges and opportunities in the new era of healthcare reform, experts say, so employers should continue to monitor the situation closely. Beginning in the fall of 2013, employee communication and enrollment should include information about subsidies, exchanges, Medicaid and enrollment options.
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Rooting Out Domestic Violence
A recently released study has found that many employee-assistance programs do not have a policy that would specifically help identify individuals who abuse -- or have the potential to abuse -- their intimate partners.
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In light of the recent Ebola scare, employers might be well-served to revisit their policies and procedures -- and prepare in advance for the next potential epidemic.
Working with Wearables Sep 22, 2014
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