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Boost for expanding Medicaid: Researchers find preventive care rises with broader insurance coverage

Boost for expanding Medicaid: Researchers find preventive care rises with broader insurance coverage

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People with health insurance are not more likely to engage in risky behaviors, but instead focus more on preventative care according to new research.

Weighing employee health risks — literally — and what it means for you

Weighing employee health risks — literally — and what it means for you

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Will working in long-term care — or anywhere else, for that matter — soon become like flying Samoa Air? It's possible, maybe even likely.

ACA proposed rules announced on pre-existing conditions, wellness programs

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Government officials moved forward with Affordable Care Act provisions Tuesday that include banning health insurance companies from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions, outlining standards for coverage, and promoting employee wellness programs.

Lawmakers threaten subpoena over Affordable Care Act PR campaign

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Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have threatened to subpoena federal health officials to gain access to public relations contracts related to the Affordable Care Act.

GAO: Small business tax credit for healthcare is underused

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A tax credit designed to make it easier for small businesses to offer health insurance is underused, a government report finds.

Bill reducing Medicaid eligibility passes in House

The House passed a bill (H.R. 2576) last week that would count Social Security as income in determining eligibility for Medicaid and federal subsidies for health insurance exchanges, starting in 2014.

Study asserts Medicaid is key to physical and financial health

In the first large-scale study to assess the impact of Medicaid, researchers say they have showed that health insurance for low-income individuals results in their improved physical, mental and financial health.

Resident advocates demand health insurance guarantee for LTC employees

Resident advocates demand health insurance guarantee for LTC employees

Twenty-four nursing home resident advocacy groups have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to require that nursing home owners provide health insurance to their employees.

Nursing home operators ask the government for health reform insurance exemptions

Nursing home operators ask the government for health reform insurance exemptions

Overwhelmed at the prospect of offering health insurance for every employee, several nursing home operators are asking the Obama administration for exemption from certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

How nursing homes can cut expenses and still give good raises and benefits

How nursing homes can cut expenses and still give good raises and benefits

It is no secret that employee benefit plans are some of a nursing company's biggest expenses. If health insurance costs are $6,000 to $7,000 a year for each employee, how does management still give everyone a raise that will be perceived as meaningful?

Employers passing cost of healthcare onto employees in tougher economy, Kaiser Foundation finds

Although premiums for family health coverage rose by just 3% in 2010, workers' shares of the cost of the plans has jumped 14%, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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