Monthly Archives: January 2016

Companies Ponder a Rating of Workers’ Health

via Wall Street Journal   Companies might add something new to their annual reports: a rating of their workers’ health. A group of employers, including International Business MachinesCorp., PepsiCo Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, are weighing how to publicly report—and … Continue reading

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Zika Virus Alert

PLANNING A TRIP TO A TROPICAL DESTINATION? Avoid Mosquito Bites to Avoid the Zika Virus If you’ve watched the news recently, you may have seen reports of the rapidly spreading Zika virus. Although this virus has now reached pandemic levels … Continue reading

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Companies Urge Retiring Workers to Leave Something Behind—Their Money

via Wall Street Journal American employers have a new message for their workers: When you go, please leave your 401(k) behind. Companies from International Paper Co. to United Technologies Corp. are increasingly urging employees to keep their nest eggs in their … Continue reading

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The Rise of Telehealth and Telemedicine: What HR Needs to Know

via HR Dive Speaking to a doctor via video chat may be a hard sell for some, but more and more employers are looking to it as one potential healthcare solution. At the 2015 Benefits Forum and Expo in October, quite … Continue reading

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Workers Unlikely to See Relief From Delay of Health Plan Tax

via Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t expect to see much relief from rising costs for workplace health coverage under a federal budget deal that postpones a widely feared tax on generous insurance plans, experts say. The so-called Cadillac tax, … Continue reading

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Stop Counting 10,000 Steps; Check Your Personal Activity Intelligence

via Wall Street Journal   We’ve all heard the advice: Take 10,000 steps daily. That seemingly simple goal sold millions of fitness trackers, most of which put your step count front and center. It’s also one reason many of these … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Raises Forecast for Losses on Affordable Care Act Plans

via Wall Street Journal UnitedHealth Group Inc. said its projected losses on the Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2016 deepened as enrollment grew despite the company’s efforts to reduce sign-ups. The biggest U.S. health insurer said it is expecting losses … Continue reading

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Is an Annual Physical Necessary?

via Wall Street Journal Every year on his wedding anniversary Louis Sinclair pays a visit to his family physician for what has become a ritual: the annual physical. “That way I don’t forget my anniversary and I don’t forget my … Continue reading

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Saving Corporate Cash by Hiring a Chief Health Officer

via Wall Street Journal One of the greatest challenges corporations face today is ensuring the health and well-being of their employees. I have an uncomplicated solution for achieving this: appoint a chief health officer. Health and health-related spending are a … Continue reading

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Young Adult Health Insurance Sign-Ups Disappoint

via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—The Obama administration so far is making little progress in getting more young adults to sign up for health policies on the federal insurance exchange, according to figures released Thursday. Twenty-six percent of people who signed … Continue reading

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