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September 22, 2014
IRS raises interest rate for cash balance plans
The IRS has given pension plan sponsors what they’ve wanted for years: the green light to use a higher fixed rate when crediting interest to their employees’ account balances. ... Full Story
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September 22, 2014
Medicare Advantage growing despite cuts
In response to the new CMS data, health consulting firm Avalare Health said that Medicare Advantage pressures continue and will peak next year. ... Full Story
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September 22, 2014
Free birth control soars under PPACA
About two-thirds of health plans cover birth control, a new study says. ... Full Story
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September 22, 2014
Most PPACA enrollees happy with coverage
Nearly 70 percent of those who bought health coverage through PPACA exchanges said they're happy with their coverage, according to the Commonwealth Fund. ... Full Story
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September 22, 2014
Public perception of health care system plummets
There are some Americans who believe the U.S. health care system is excellent. But they are in the minority. By a wide margin.... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
EEOC cracking down on pregnant employee rights violations
Employment actions directed at a pregnant employee need to be documented as never before. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Cost of caring for parents concerns boomers
About one-third of current caregivers say they are spending 10 percent of their retirement savings caring for elderly parents. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Employees paying bigger health coverage share
Fortune 500 companies overwhelmingly expect to increase employee contributions to employer-sponsored health insurance plans. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Most assets eligible for rollover didn't roll
This presents advisors with an opportunity to inquire about prior employment history in order to determine whether there are abandoned accounts. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Rethinking wellness incentives
Determining the best way to motivate employees to make a long-term commitment to wellness is not always as easy as it sounds. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Employees say workload interferes with health goals
While research continues to underscore the corporate commitment to wellness programs, many employees still aren’t sensing a strong connection between their employer and their personal health. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Mailed Social Security statements coming back
The Social Security Administration will resume sending paper copies of its benefit statements to working Americans, although it saved millions of dollars when it stopped doing so annually in 2011. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Highest costs for elderly are home expenses
As people age, they spend more on health care. And the rising cost of health care is one of their biggest worries approaching and during retirement. But health care is not the single largest spending category for older people. Instead, it’s the cost of maintaining a home. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
Add mood-elevating content to wellness program
Employees will take breaks from their work, whether sanctioned or not. And frequently, they use those breaks to surf the Internet to check their social media sites, the news, sports and other areas of interest. ... Full Story
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September 19, 2014
The problem with automated plans
Automated features in 401(k) and other defined contribution plans have helped boost participation rates and can encourage participants to save more, increasing their odds of achieving a comfortable retirement. But automated features aren’t the answer to all of what's wrong in the DC world. In fact, depending on their design, some can actually work against plan participants. BenefitsPro spoke to a few experts on the topic. Here’s what they had to say:... Full Story
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September 18, 2014
Int’l funds lead the way for mutual fund investors
Vanguard continues to dominate the passive fund market, with three of the top five performing passive funds for August and the year. ... Full Story
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