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Critical Illness Insurance Has Never Been More Relevant, Says White Paper (PDF)
14 pages. Excerpt: "Employers and their broker partners have a tremendous opportunity to articulate a simple message about where critical illness insurance fits into the employee benefits equation, how it can help employees secure their financial well being and why it should be considered a priority."
(Metropolitan Life Insurance Company)
Barclays to Cover G.ay Employee Health Benefits Tax
Excerpt: "The financial services company said Friday it will begin reimbursing its employees based in the U.S. who opt to cover their same-s.ex domestic partners under the company's medical, dental or vision plans for the tax they must pay on the value of those benefits."
Nobel Economists Ask to Help U.S. in Health Care Suit
Excerpt: "A group of 35 economists, including three Nobel laureates, asked a U.S. judge for permission to file a brief backing the Obama administration's bid to end a lawsuit challenging its health care overhaul."
(Bloomberg via Business Insurance)
Mobile Phones Become Tools of Health Promotion
Excerpt: "The idea of monitoring patients and promoting healthy behavior through mobile phones and other portable devices has emerged as a potential method to reduce the costs of health care while improving quality."
(The Washington Post; free registration required)
Four Ways the Election Results Matter for Health Care Overhaul
Excerpt: "The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a briefing on that very topic with Norm Ornstein, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute; John Rother, EVP of policy, strategy and international affairs for the AARP and Dean Rosen, the former chief health-care adviser to Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist."
(The Wall Street Journal)
Flu Shots Can Pay Off Big for Employers
Excerpt: "Research presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Assn., found that for each employee vaccinated an employer can save $63 to $95 per person."
(Los Angeles Times)
Why Employers Aren't Rooting for Health Care Reform to Die
Excerpt: "To understand what American employers thought about health care reform, [the reporter] spoke with Andrew Webber, President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health, a national, not-for-profit organization that represents public and private sector employers. Here is an edited transcript of [the] wide-ranging conversation."
(The Atlantic Monthly Group)
Thirteen Things Employers Need to Know About Health Reform
Excerpt: "This new regime is exceedingly complex, with various provisions becoming effective on different dates. Employers should develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure they meet the obligations imposed by this reform as they become due while continuing to ensure their group health plans meet their organization's goals without unnecessary and undue cost."
(Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC)
Insurers Consider Shake-Ups to Business Models Under Health Law
Excerpt: "Become tech-savvy. Bulk up. Venture abroad. Those appear to be among the most appealing alternatives for U.S. health insurers with their core U.S. markets in upheaval following passage of the healthcare overhaul, speakers at the Reuters Health Summit said this week."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
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Benefits in General; Executive Compensation
Executive Health Insurance: A Casualty of Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "[O]ne particular requirement with the potential to significantly affect some of the terms of health insurance previously provided to executive employees is effective for plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010 (i.e., January 1, 2011 for a calendar year plan). The new requirement applies to insured health plans (but not to grandfathered insured health plans 1) and prohibits discrimination in favor of highly compensated individuals either as to eligibility to participate in the plan or as to benefits provided by the plan."
Pigs Fly as Washington Faces Up to Deficit
Excerpt: "Last week in Washington, beneath a flock of pigs flying south in a majestic V formation, the co- chairmen of President Barack Obama's deficit commission released a plan that actually could solve the nation's pending fiscal crisis."
Senator Baucus to Introduce Bill to Repeal 1099 Reporting
Excerpt: "Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday that he will introduce legislation to repeal a requirement that employers furnish 1099 statements if they do more than $600 in business with a corporate vendor."
The Debt Commission's Free Ride for Boomers
Excerpt: "The U.S. debt reduction commission's initial proposal gives those free-spending Baby Boomers a virtual pass on financial sacrifice, writes columnist Chris Farrell[.]"
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