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Study Finds That Many Employers Will Cut Back On Health Plans When Overhaul Kicks In

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, June 8, 2011

The Wall Street Journal:  Study Sees Cuts To Health Plans

A report by McKinsey & Co. has found that 30% of employers are likely to stop offering workers health insurance after the bulk of the Obama administration’s health overhaul takes effect in 2014.  The findings come as a growing number of employers are seeking waivers from an early provision in the overhaul that requires them to enrich their benefits this year.  At the end of April, the administration had granted 1,372 employers, unions and insurance companies one-year exemptions from the law’s requirement that they not cap annual benefit payouts below $750,000 per person a year (Adamy, 6/8).

Health Law’s Independent Payment Board Draws New Opposition

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, June 8, 2011

Politico:  Medicare Pay Board Is Losing Vital Support

One of the key provisions in President Barack Obama’s health care reform law – his preferred method for getting Medicare costs under control – is facing a groundswell of opposition from unexpected corners.  Several House Democrats have signed on to support a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created by the law that is supposed to help control rising costs in Medicare.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a prominent supporter of the law, is now actively lobbying for its repeal, too (Haberkorn, 6/8).

One in Four Workers Can’t Afford to Take a Vacation

American Management Association, Performance and Profits Newsletter, June 2011

 CareerBuilder reported survey findings that show financial constraints and demanding work schedules have forced some workers to forego vacation plans this year.  Of those who responded to the survey, 24% reported they can’t take vacation, up from 21% from last year.  Another 12% said they can afford a vacation but don’t have plans to take a vacation this year.  And three in ten workers plan to take the office with them on vacation.

Survey finds consumers worried about healthcare costs

Healthcare Finance NewsDay, June 27, 2011

Rising healthcare costs, coupled with the current state of the economy, are prompting consumers to delay care, alter household spending and worry about their ability to pay for future healthcare costs, according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

RWJF launches website to help patients compare hospitals, physicians

AHA News Now, June 28, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched an online directory of free and publicly available resources on hospital and physician performance measurement data based on nationally recognized measurement sets for quality of care in inpatient or outpatient settings; include measures for process of care, outcome of care, cost efficiency or patient experience, and include comparative information for facilities or providers in a defined location or nationally.

Heaven or Hell?

Note:  In no particular order 

Retiree Tax Heaven

Retiree Tax Hell 1. Wyoming California2. Oklahoma Oregon3. Alabama Nebraska4. Kentucky New Jersey5. Pennsylvania Maine6. Louisiana Vermont7. Mississippi Connecticut8. Maryland Wisconsin9. Georgia Iowa10. South Carolina Minnesota

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