Blog Entries - tag: 'In the news'

Physicians Lack Tactics For Discussing Medical Costs

Posted on: May 23, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Wellness,

Healthy Affairs explores the dynamics between physician and patients when talking about finances. The study examines the question “are physicians prepared to help patients factor out-of-pocket expenses into medical decisions?” 

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FDA Joins Modern Nutrition Thinking With Updates

Posted on: May 11, 2016 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

The Food and Drug Administration announced this month that it will be reevaluating its regulations on which foods can be labeled “healthy,” as well as other nutrient claims, after decades of evolution in the field. 

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Future For SCOTUS Still In Turmoil After Nomination

Posted on: March 18, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief justice of the U.S. court of appeals for the District of Columbia, to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. 

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Drug Coverage Changes With Continued Spending Hike

Posted on: February 17, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending, Employer based health benefits,

Spending on prescription drugs rose by 5.2 percent in 2015 and is projected to continue to climb, much faster than overall health spending, in the coming years. 

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Health Insurance Jargon Spurs Widespread Confusion

With a language all its own and processes that mystify even veterans of its industry, health insurance is a problem among consumers of all ages. 

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Insurers To Be Fined For Errors In Network Directories

Posted on: January 20, 2016 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending, Employer based health benefits,

New regulations now allow the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services to fine insurance companies for errors in Medicare Advantage plan directories and errors in plans sold on the federal marketplace.

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People See Food Labeled "Healthy" As Less Filling

Posted on: January 19, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

Recent research shows people tend to overeat when consuming food that is labeled “healthy” because they perceive themselves to feel less full. 

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IRS Delays 2015 ACA Information Reporting Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for the Affordable Care Act Information Reporting for the tax year 2015. 

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Budget Deal Cuts Potential Health Law Tax Revenue

The sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed this month included three relatively modest changes to the Affordable Care Act. But both supporters and opponents of the law see them as momentous symbols of more permanent, potentially costly, changes to come. 

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Hospitals Will Pay $28 Million For False Medical Claims

Posted on: December 17, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: In the news, Health care spending, Wellness,

Thirty-two more hospitals located in 15 different states agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $28 million to settle allegations that they billed Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures as inpatient rather than outpatient services to make more money.  

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New Cases Of Diabetes Finally Decline In The U.S.

Posted on: December 3, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

Finally, after decades of what appeared to be an insurmountable number of reported cases, rates of diabetes in the United States have declined. 

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Higher Deductibles Shift Health Costs To Employees

Posted on: November 30, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Health care spending, Small business, Healthcare reform,

In recent years, the rise in healthcare premium costs has slowed significantly. But many consumers have not felt the change, as expenses have shifted to plan members. 

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Drugmakers Pfizer And Allergan Merge For Tax Break

Posted on: November 27, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

Two of the pharmaceutical industry’s largest producers will merge into one powerhouse drug company in 2016. It’s a move largely, if not exclusively, motivated by tax. 

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10 Tips For Staying Healthy During The Holiday Season

Posted on: November 23, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

Keep the extra holiday weight off this year with these 10 tips from dieticians and nutritionists. 

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SCOTUS Accepts Challenges To ACA's Contraceptive Mandate

The Supreme Court agreed again this month to review a part of the Affordable Care Act, this time considering cases from Christian institutions that say the arrangements the Obama administration created to accommodate their objections to insurance coverage for birth control are inadequate. 

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Posted on: October 30, 2015 5:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

This time of year brings with it one of tastiest seasonal foods: Pumpkin. This year, chow down on those seeds or bite into that pie with a little less guilt. Pumpkin actually contains these 5 surprising health benefits. 

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Costs Spike As Pharma Companies Reprice Old Drugs

Posted on: October 26, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Health care spending,

It is no secret medical costs in general are on the rise, but a large portion of this growth can be attributed to the increase in prescription drug prices alone. 

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Dust Settles After Health Company Acquisition Race

Posted on: August 20, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

Now that the dust has begun to settle in the wake of these deals, analysts can begin to see what this will mean for the health insurance industry. 

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Big Food Companies Evolve As American Taste buds Change

Posted on: August 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

In the past 10 years, taste buds in the U.S. have shifted and people have begun placing a higher value on clean, natural eating. 

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Supreme Court Upholds Insurance Subsides For All Americans

Posted on: June 25, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The 6-3 ruling ensures Americans in all 50 states will continue to receive insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. 

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Podcast Covers King v. Burwell Decision And Fallout

Posted on: June 11, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Sales talk with tom, Affordable care act,

By the end of this month, the Supreme Court will make its decision on the King v. Burwell case. This week, Tom Quigley talked about the court case during the biweekly podcast Cutting-Edge Benefits by ClaimLinx.

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10 Reasons You're Always Tired You May Not Realize

Posted on: June 8, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Wellness, In the news,

When it comes to being tired and worn down, lack of sleep isn’t always the culprit. There can be a lot of other factors contributing to your feeling of fatigue. These are 10 reasons you may be feeling tired. 

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Tom Quigley Breaks Down Employee Expectations for Benefits

Posted on: May 28, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: Sales talk with tom, In the news, Health care spending,

ClaimLinx is working to educate people about the health insurance industry. That’s why we started our podcast Cutting-Edge Benefits by ClaimLinx, during which National Business Consultant, Tom Quigley, breaks down the unknown information about health care. 

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Online Tool Helps Consumers Compare Hospitals

Posted on: May 21, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness, Health care spending,

When preparing for an elective surgery, it’s important to research which hospital provides the best care for that particular procedure. Thanks to U.S. News and World Report, that just got a little easier. 

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5 Ways to Improve Blood Pressure this Month

Posted on: May 12, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

It’s a serious problem millions of Americans – 67 million, to be exact — are facing: high blood pressure. This month, for National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, see your doctor about your current blood pressure level.

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Congress Passes First Joint Budget Agreement in 6 Years

Posted on: May 6, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Health care spending,

For the first time since 2009, Congress is in agreement on its fiduciary goals for the country. This month, the Senate passed a budget agreement, the first joint budget resolution to be passed in six years. 

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Listen To Tom Quigley Talk About Obamacare On ClaimLinx Podcast

Posted on: April 16, 2015 7:00 am
Tags: Sales talk with tom, In the news,

ClaimLinx now records a biweekly podcast, Cutting-Edge Benefits, which puts traditional health insurance buying on the chopping block. The next episode will be recorded today at 4 p.m. Listen live or call in with questions as Tom takes a look back at the past five years with the Affordable Care Act. 

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6 Simple Ways To Lower Your Stress Level

Posted on: April 16, 2015 6:00 am
Tags: Wellness, In the news,

In honor of today being National Stress Awareness Day and April being National Stress Awareness Month, take a moment to think about your stress level and try integrating these six things into your life to start alleviating it: 

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6 Steps To Make The Most Of Your Doctor Visit

Posted on: April 3, 2015 8:00 am
Tags: Wellness, In the news,

Next time you visit a physician's office, follow these six steps to do your part to get the most out of your visit. 

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After Five Years With The ACA, Approval Is Low But Success Is High

The end of March marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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IRS Guidance Causes Confusion About ACA Requirements

Once again, the world of employer-provided benefits is swirling with confusion because of an additional guidance the Internal Revenue Service released on Feb. 18. Here's what you need to know about the guidance and your ClaimLinx plan's compliance. 

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New Website Helps Compare Prices On Health Care Procedures

Posted on: February 26, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news,

Guroo.com, the site launched Feb. 25, “puts actual cost information in consumer’s hands” to help them become savvier shoppers. It combines information from United Healthcare, Humana, Aetna and Assurant Health on what they actually pay for dozens of medical services. 

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IRS Will Not Penalize Those Who Received Incorrect Health Care Form

Posted on: February 24, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Tax tips, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The Internal Revenue Service announced Feb. 24 it will not be collecting additional taxes from any taxpayers who filed after receiving incorrect information from the federal health insurance marketplace.  

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Supreme Court To Hear Challenge to Obamacare - What You Need To Know

Posted on: February 23, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

On March 4, the justices will gather to review the case King v. Burwell, which focuses on the federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks millions of Americans receive to afford their health insurance. 

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Tom Quigley Explains How To Use Tax Law To Save On Health Insurance

Business coach Laurie Althaus spoke to National Business Consultant Tom Quigley about what business owners can do to significantly cut health care costs using new — and some old — tax laws on her online radio show. 

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Millions Of Anthem Customers' Information Exposed In Massive Hack

Posted on: February 5, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: In the news,

Anthem Inc., the second-largest health care insurance provider in the U.S., announced late Feb. 4 that hackers breached company computers gaining access to customer and employee information, including names, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment data. 

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Breaking Down The Employer Mandate Tax Penalties

Posted on: January 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Tax tips, Affordable care act,

January 2015 marks the start of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act for the companies with 100 or more full time employees. What some companies may realize is it could be more fiscally beneficial to accept the tax penalty and allow employees to go on the marketplace, where they can receive government subsidies. 

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Report Shows Lacking Mental Health Services Coverage

Posted on: January 21, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Wellness,

A new report by the advocacy group Mental Health America suggests that despite the major strides in overall access to health insurance Obamacare has provided, getting affordable mental health services may still be a challenge. 

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2014 Ends With Strong Employment Numbers

Posted on: January 20, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Small business,

The year 2015 begins with a rosier economic outlook for many Americans, with the unemployment rate shrinking and more jobs being added to small businesses. 

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5 Tips For Fighting The Flu This Season

Posted on: January 19, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: Wellness, In the news, Workplace tips,

Every year, flu activity spikes from December to February, which means everyone should take extra precautions to stave off illness. Here are five quick tips for staying healthy this year.

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Overburdened IRS Expected To Reach Record Low Customer Service

Posted on: January 15, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Tax tips,

For 2015, Federal taxpayers can look forward to the worst customer service from the Internal Revenue Service in at least 14 years, according to a recent report. 

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Honor National Blood Donor Month By Saving A Life

Posted on: January 13, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Wellness,

Every year blood donations dip during the winter months because of holidays, illness and inclement weather. Particularly in January, blood donations are in short supply. That’s why this month has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. 

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Changes On Horizon For ACA Employer Mandate

Posted on: January 9, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act,

The GOP-dominated House of Representatives moved forward yesterday in its goal of redefining some of the key requirements in the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. 

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FDA Requires Calorie Labels At Chain Restaurants

Posted on: December 10, 2014 4:00 pm
Tags: Wellness, In the news

As soon as next year,consumers will see the calorie content of food on the menu at any chain restaurant, prepared foods section at the supermarket or even movie theater.

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CHIP May Turn into Bargaining Chip

Posted on: November 13, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Health care spending, In the news,

A Senate committee will consider the extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program, whose funding is scheduled to expire next September. CHIP, which covers children in families earning up to 200% of poverty, has expanded children's coverage since its creation in 1997, and has also enjoyed bipartisan support.

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Obamacare's Employer Mandate and Impending Penalties

Posted on: November 11, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, Affordable care act, In the news,

Tom Quigley, Vice President/ National Business Consultant, provides consulting services, and is in charge of recruitment and new business for ClaimLinx. Tom discusses Obamacare's Employer Mandate that states employers must offer health insurance that is affordable and provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their children up to age 26 or be subject to penalties beginning January 1, 2015.

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Growth Predicted for Life Insurance Market

Posted on: November 6, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Supplemental insurance, In the news,

Recent data reveals only 46% of consumers have individual life insurance, and that more than 3/4 of consumers age 25-64 say they would benefit from more close guidance from financial services professionals in adding that important voluntary benefit.

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GE Gets Approval for 3D Mammogram Machine

Posted on: November 4, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news,

General Electric Co. recently won FDA approval to offer its 3-D breast imaging technology in the U.S. The mammography system, known as SenoClaire, is quickly adding competition to the market dominated by Hologic.

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Employers Cut Back on Health Coverage While Healthcare Spending Rises

Posted on: October 23, 2014 9:50 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform,

An annual poll of employers, by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, shows the cost of employer health coverage increased about 4% last year, while the cost of employer coverage for an individual was up 2%. In 2013 and 2014, premiums for a family went up 4%. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 21, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Each year, over 2,000 men are also diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Wellpoint to Rebrand itself as Anthem

Posted on: October 17, 2014 9:00 am
Tags: In the news,

WellPoint, located in Indianapolis and one of the largest investor-owned health insurers in the country, is rebranding itself as Anthem, pending shareholder approval.

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted on: September 25, 2014 9:00 am
Tags: In the news,

America is facing a childhood obesity epidemic with current statistics showing that one in three children are overweight or obese. 

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More than Half of Companies Considering Private Exchanges

Posted on: September 9, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform,

According to a recent survey by Prudential Financial, companies are open to making changes to their health care benefits, and may even consider eliminating them. Half of the companies surveyed said they would send their employees to private exchanges to purchase subsidized coverage.

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ClaimLinx is Easy to Work With

Posted on: September 4, 2014 10:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Our team,

We have recently developed a series of videos to help our members, clients, consultants, partners and prospects better understand the ClaimLinx solution.

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Some Still Lack Coverage Under Health Law

Posted on: September 2, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Healthcare reform, In the news,

Problems with Affordable Care Act (ACA) online registration have caused thousands of people who've purchased the health insurance to go without coverage, according to a Wall Street Journal article.  

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It's National Psoriasis Awareness Month

Posted on: August 27, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

The National Psoriasis Foundation has proclaimed August as Psoriasis Awareness Month, aimed at raising disease awareness, and providing research and care for people with psoriasis. The autoimmune disease affects 7.5 million people in the U.S.

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Top 3 Sources of Stress for Employers and Employees

Posted on: August 6, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Workplace tips

According to the American Psychological Association, more than 2/3 of Americans say work is a major source of stress in their lives. Both employers and employees need to discover what is triggering this stress and work to find a solution.

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It's Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted on: July 24, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news,

In July, the Arthritis Foundation aims to increase awareness and educate people on the early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis. More than 300,000 children are affected by the disease.

 

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Optimism Grows for Start-ups

Posted on: July 22, 2014 9:00 am
Tags: In the news, Small business

According to a recent survey, Americans were more optimistic about starting a business in 2013 than in any year since 2001. Of 5,698 U.S. adults polled from April-June, 2013, 47% felt there were "good opportunities" for starting a new business (up from 43% in 2012, and 25% in 2006)... 

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Diabetes in U.S. Youth on the Rise

Posted on: July 15, 2014 9:00 am
Tags: In the news

Despite research and intervention efforts, a new study finds that diabetes in young people is growing, according to an article in Modern Healthcare. Many believe the increase in Type 2 diabetes may be directly linked to childhood obesity.

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ACA Provides $3 Billion in Consumer Benefits

Posted on: July 10, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund Report, the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio (MLR) provision has paid consumers more than $3 billion in 2011 and 2012, through insurance company rebates and reduced health plan spending. Insurers with MLRs below the minimum must rebate the difference to consumers. 

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Excessive Drug Costs Could Cause Price Caps

Posted on: June 26, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

Gilead Sciences' drug, Sovaldi, which treats hepatitis C, is currently on the market for $1,000 per pill. The high cost raises questions on whether government should regulate the cost of the life-saving drug and others of it's kind, according to an article in Modern Healthcare.

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Top Hospital Tries Chinese Herb Treatment

Posted on: June 16, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

The Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation's top performing hospitals, has begun experimenting with Chinese herbs to help manage some patients' chronic pain, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal... 

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Pfizer to Attempt Over the Counter Version of Lipitor

Posted on: June 5, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

In March, Pfizer Inc. announced plans to move forward on an over-the-counter (OTC) version of Lipitor, a cholesterol blocking medication, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal...

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Getting Coverage Outside of Open Enrollment

Posted on: June 2, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

Now that the open enrollment deadline has passed (it ended on March 31, 2014), under what circumstances could someone still get health coverage this year?

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Skilled College Grads in High Demand for the Workforce

Posted on: May 27, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Workplace tips

The graduation season has arrived, and this year's graduates are searching for job prospects. CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com recently surveyed employers, and found that...

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Section 105 Plans After Obamacare

This webinar is about Section 105 Medical Reimbursement Plans after Obamacare, created by Ed Lyon, a Cincinnati, Ohio Certified Tax Coach. The webinar contains timely information for employers and employees interested in reducing their medical expenses and tax burden.

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Another Affordable Care Act Mandate Delayed

Posted on: May 6, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Small business

The Obama administration in February announced that companies with 50 to 100 full-time workers have until 2016 to offer employees health insurance under Affordable Care Act rules. This follows a similar delay that changed the ACA insurance coverage deadline for employers from 2014 to 2015.

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Half of Employers Hiring More Employees Aged 50+ in 2014

Posted on: April 23, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news

According to a recent Career Builder Survey, 53% of employers plan to hire employees aged 50 and over in 2014 (up from 48% last year). Even though many of these workers are over-qualified, 77% of employers said they would hire them for entry level positions.

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The Right to Health Benefits

Posted on: April 18, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

The healthcare debate in America has been arduous, from debates on Obamacare's effectiveness to medical and financial benefits for same-sex couples.

These issues have come to the center of the debate between Republicans and Democrats. The two parties continue to disagree on the success of the Affordable Care Act, and the benefits it brings to enrollees.

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Humana Sees Only 202,000 Insurance Exchange Enrollees

Posted on: April 14, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

Humana executives are disappointed in the current enrollment number of 202,000 from the state and federal insurance exchanges, according to an article in Modern Healthcare.

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CVS Pharmacy to Stop Selling Cigarettes

Posted on: March 28, 2014 8:30 am
Tags: In the news

In an effort to become more of a health-care provider, CVS Pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products nationwide, as early as October, 2014.

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Health Care Reform Law Dodges Another Bullet

Posted on: March 24, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

A recent federal court ruling clarified a potentially confusing portion of the Affordable Care Act that relates to employer responsibilities and federal tax subsidies for uninsured workers.

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Small Business Outlook for 2014

Posted on: March 7, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: Small business, In the news

A recent poll by Gallup and Wells Fargo shows mixed feelings on the small business outlook for 2014.  These are some of the current concerns of small business owners...

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Americans are Paying More for Employer-based Insurance under Obamacare

Posted on: February 24, 2014 3:40 pm
Tags: Healthcare reform, In the news

According to Bankrate.com, 47% of Americans with employer-based health insurance say more money is being taken out of their paychecks each month for health insurance than a year ago, and 44% have higher out-of-pocket expenses. 

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US Health Spending Expected to Grow 5.8% Annually

Posted on: February 3, 2014 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Health care spending

Estimates project aggregate health care spending in the U.S. will grow at an average rate of 5.8% for 2012-2022, according to data released from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Hiring in November & December Bolsters Job Picture

Posted on: January 8, 2014 11:00 am
Tags: In the news, Small business

November and December surveys indicate hiring in both service and manufacturing sectors has increased when compared to the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey....

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Health Coverage Premiums Rise Slowly Again this Year

Posted on: December 18, 2013 12:00 pm
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

Despite a relatively slow rise in costs again this year, premiums for employer health coverage reached above the $16,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey. 

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ClaimLinx Publishes, "How to Beat Obamacare"

Posted on: December 11, 2013 8:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform, Affordable care act

ClaimLinx publishes timely new book entitled, "How to Beat Obamacare"...

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Many State Health Insurance Marketplaces will Exceed Requirements

Posted on: October 28, 2013 12:00 am
Tags: In the news, Healthcare reform

This October brought a monumental start for the country. With its first day, the health care marketplaces opened, and the largest, most complex aspect of the Affordable Care Act began. While there are problems to fix, the state-run health insurance marketplaces are poised for success, as they are expected to exceed minimum requirements by 2014.

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