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  • When one-size-fits-all benefits communication fits no one

    April 17, 2014

    Taking an entirely generic approach to health plan communications is no longer a winning strategy. Personalized communications that offer a holistic look at plan benefits will do more to engage participants.


  • HR leaders rate ACA concerns as a lower-tier issue: survey

    March 26, 2014

    New research from a North American sample of HR leaders finds that the Affordable Care Act is not a primary concern among employers, even as the landmark health care law continues to worry the masses.


  • 12 bizarre excuses for being late to work

    February 21, 2014

    While most employees blame occasional tardiness on traffic jams and missed alarm clocks, some people are apt to get a little more creative with their excuses. A new CareerBuilder study unveiled 12 memorably unique excuses heard by employers across the country. [photos: ThinkStock]


  • Federal exchanges said to induce consumers to overspend on health coverage

    February 18, 2014

    Limitations with how the federally-run health insurance exchanges present information misleads consumers and induces them to spend many thousands of dollars a year more than necessary on health coverage, according to Consumers’ Checkbook, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization and web site.


  • ACA will reduce number of work hours by 2017, CBO estimates

    February 4, 2014

    Obamacare will reduce the total number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, mostly among low-wage earners, the Congressional Budget Office said.


  • Survey: Americans don’t know exchange sign-up deadline

    January 28, 2014

    More than half of Americans do not know the date by which they must purchase health insurance to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision, according to a Bankrate.com survey.


  • Biden lauds ACA’s foot soldiers at Families USA gathering

    January 23, 2014

    To hear it from Vice President Joe Biden, the fight over the Affordable Care Act may be far from over – but he’s certainly interested in recognizing the troops who helped build support for the landmark legislation.


  • Tread carefully with electronic disclosures

    December 26, 2013

    ERISA permits e-disclosures but employers need to be aware of the rules.


  • The lesson from Healthcare.gov? Time for you to become a geek

    November 26, 2013

    Leaders overseeing the launch of the federal health care exchange understood the importance of technology. But they did not understand how to build technology. And that lack of intuitive understanding and respect for the nature of how technology is built led to decisions that doomed the project's launch.


  • For one year, White House revives health plans canceled under ACA

    November 14, 2013

    The decision, which helps live up to a promise Obama made when pushing for passage of health reform, is couched as an administrative fix that says following ACA will not require insurance companies to upgrade their plan for individuals who have been in these existing plans so far.


  • Insured employees don't care about ACA marketplace or its problems

    November 12, 2013

    While confusion and acrimony dominate discussions over Healthcare.gov, HR sources are reporting few if any concerns from their workforce populations, most of whom are snug and secure in their employer-sponsored health care.


  • Survey: Employees still under-informed on ACA, wellness

    November 8, 2013

    Nearly one in five doesn't even know if their company has a wellness program. Are your workers entirely ignorant of your offerings?


  • Why employers need to pay attention to ACA's insurance exchanges

    November 8, 2013

    Even if their employees don't use the exchanges, their functioning depends pretty heavily on some critical interactions among exchanges, employers, and their employees.


  • 5 ways to minimize fraud in your health care plan

    November 5, 2013

    Health care fraud will come at employers at an alarming rate, in part because the Affordable Care Act opens insurance up to millions of people who have no experience buying health insurance, said fraud expert Chuck Whitlock during the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ annual conference. He shared five ways employers can minimize fraud in their health plans. [Images: Shutterstock]


  • ‘Panic time’ nears on federal exchanges

    November 1, 2013

    As the Obama administration works to fix the technological problems associated with Healthcare.gov, greater issues with the federal health care exchanges remain, said a panel of health care experts Thursday in Washington.


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