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Jul 21, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)—established under the Affordable Care Act to help pay for research to evaluate medical treatments—gets its funding in part from fees paid by self-funded employers. For all self-funded health plans, PCORI fees are due by July 31—just 10 days from now.
Jul 17, 2014 by Liz Webler Rowell.
Although the majority of Americans say the Affordable Care Act has had no direct impact on their lives, the law remains controversial—among the public and in the media. Despite the belated success of the public exchanges, 45% of the public views the law unfavorably. Compared to prior years—when...
Jul 14, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
Do e-cigarettes and wellness mix? Electronic cigarettes, battery-powered vaporizers that simulate tobacco smoking, are growing in popularity among individuals seeking to quit tobacco without exposing themselves to the harmful health effects of true cigarette smoking. However, e-cigarettes produce...
Jul 10, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
Now that the July 4 fireworks have died down, it’s time to start sparking some creative ideas about how to craft a seamless and successful annual enrollment season. Employers have a lot to think about—including health care (reform compliance plus plan design considerations), FSA rollovers (yes or...
Jul 09, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
The media is lit up over the recent Hobby Lobby case regarding the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover contraception in employer-sponsored plans. Articles and editorials span everything from the political ramifications to the implications for employers. For large, publicly traded companies,...
Jul 03, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
Jun 26, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
According to a joint study from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT, companies that make data-driven decisions perform up to 6% better than those that don’t. However, at a recent HR analytics conference, all but one of 150 practitioners rated themselves at a level two or three (out of 10) for...
Jun 24, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
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Jun 23, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
This week in employee benefits news: HRE offers list of questions for employers regarding private exchanges; HSA holders more engaged in wellness and cost containment; and HR professionals say watching the World Cup at work may increase productivity!
Jun 16, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
We read the news so you don't have to! This week in employee benefits news: MetLife study finds link between good benefits communication and loyal employees; greater consumer choice shakes up health care system; and a startup uses Google Glass to create 'wearable health record.'
Jun 12, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
Join our webinar, Building engagement: Making HDHPs and HSAs a success, at 11am PT to learn not only the formula for getting good enrollment in high-deductible plans (yes, there is one!) but also how to sustain engagement throughout the year.

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