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How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?

For lots of employers, the answer seems to be plenty:

King County, Washington, was one of the first local governments to use rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors. A decade ago, the county panicked as health care costs were growing at a pace of 15 percent every year. Then-executive Ron Sims convened a . . . → Read More: How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?

Should Everyone Have the Same Health Insurance?

This aspect of Obamacare hasn’t talked about as much, but is looming as a major issue for some employers:

Many executives have long enjoyed perks like free health care and better health benefits for themselves and their families. But under a little noticed anti-discrimination provision in the federal health law, such advantages could soon trigger . . . → Read More: Should Everyone Have the Same Health Insurance?

Obamacare: Regal Theatres Cuts Employee Hours, Faces Facebook Backlash

Another large employer has been cutting employee hours, and the public isn’t exactly staying silent on the issue:

The country’s largest movie theater chain probably didn’t expect widespread boycotts when it recently sent out a company memo about health care costs.

In the wake of news that Regal Entertainment Group had cut some workers’ hours . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Regal Theatres Cuts Employee Hours, Faces Facebook Backlash

Would You Give Your Boss Your Grocery List?

I’m not sure I would want my boss to know what’s in my lunch:

A just-launched online service called NutriSavings will give workers coupons and cash back to encourage the purchase of more nutritious foods. In exchange, you’ll have to lift the curtain a little on what you buy at the grocery store.

The benefit . . . → Read More: Would You Give Your Boss Your Grocery List?

Obamacare: More Small Businesses Plan to Pay the Penalty

An Obamacare provision that goes into effect next year requires businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health care coverage for employees. For businesses that don’t, there is a $2,000 penalty for each full-time worker above the 30-employee threshold. (Full-time workers are defined as anyone who works more than 30 hours a week . . . → Read More: Obamacare: More Small Businesses Plan to Pay the Penalty

Obamacare: What Is the Popeyes President Thinking?

Most Americans know Obamacare will require them to carry health insurance next year. Well, apparently, Popeyes President Ralph Bower isn’t entirely clued in:

Popeyes, a popular fast food chain, expects some of its employees to voluntarily cut their own hours in order to try to sidestep a fee under the Affordable Care Act, but doing . . . → Read More: Obamacare: What Is the Popeyes President Thinking?

Should Small Business Owners Be For a Single-Payer System?

Interesting follow-up to the The New York Times case study of a bakery owner’s decision on employee health insurance coverage. Bakery owner Rachel Shein had some intriguing answers to reader follow-up questions:

Q. Do you think your customers would pay a few more cents for your baked goods — especially if it allows you to . . . → Read More: Should Small Business Owners Be For a Single-Payer System?

Are Legislators Ready to Foot Part of the Health Insurance Bill?

You may have noticed a growing feeling of resentment towards our legislators and their generous health insurance packages. Well, those feelings clearly aren’t going unnoticed by the office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad:

Gov. Terry Branstad reiterated his call Monday for state legislators to lead by example and pay 20 percent of the . . . → Read More: Are Legislators Ready to Foot Part of the Health Insurance Bill?

Is California Hypocritical For Partnering With Wal-Mart on Health Insurance?

Well, this is an interesting twist in the Obamacare rollout:

California officials face mounting criticism from union leaders over plans to let retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enroll shoppers in President Obama’s healthcare expansion.

The state wants employees at Wal-Mart and other retailers to help consumers learn about their options and assist them in . . . → Read More: Is California Hypocritical For Partnering With Wal-Mart on Health Insurance?

CalPERS Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums to Jump 85%

Nope, sadly, that’s not a typo. If you get long-term care insurance through CalPERS you may have to start looking elsewhere:

Dailey Mayo received some stunning news in the mail last week: an 85% rate increase for the long-term-care insurance he has had for 15 years from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

The retired . . . → Read More: CalPERS Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums to Jump 85%