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Student Loan Repayment Plans: A Need for All Generations
“By: Susan Galvin, Senior Advisor in our DBA partner office in Needham, MA. A hot new ...”
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The Next Level of HR
“Shred the paper and welcome yourself to 21st century technology. HR software is becoming less ...”
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Educating Employees on Voluntary Benefits
“By: Jim Kinney, Integrated Benefits Practice Lead at Digital Benefit Advisors Offering voluntary benefits is a ...”
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Can Employers Control Big Pharma Greed?
“The pharmaceutical industry has become abundant with misuse and greed. Profit, shareholder returns and risk ...”
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COBRA FAQ's for Employer Reporting
“Q.  Does an employer need to complete Form 1095-C for an employee who terminates employment ...”
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FAQ's for Employer Reporting 6055 and 6056
“By: Christine Gaiser, Senior Advisor and Simone Torneo, Senior Advisor  Q: Which employers are subject to ...”
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5 Tips to Evaluate Open Enrollment Effectiveness
“By: Emily Bailey, Principal and Simone Torneo, Senior Advisor With open enrollment for 2016 in the ...”
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IRS Issues Cadillac Tax Updates: Coverages, Dollar Amounts and More
“The IRS has recently released Notice 2015-16 addressing regulatory compliance with the proposed 2018 Cadillac ...”
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Avoid Surprises – Employers Need to Double Check Their ACA Penalty Exposure
“We are five years into our ACA compliance journey. Dependent children to age 26? Check. ...”
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What’s Next for Private Exchanges? Four Considerations.
“By: Mike Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Digital Insurance and Digital Benefit ...”
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The Scoop on Applicable Large Employer (ALE) Transition Relief
“By: Carl Pilger, Vice President, Legal Counsel of Digital Insurance There’s relief!  At least for some ...”
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Dos and Don'ts of Drafting A Benefits Enrollment Guide
“By: Carl Pilger, Vice President, Legal Counsel of Digital Insurance Open enrollment periods always bring a ...”
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Empowering the Consumer: Private Exchanges and Customization
“By: Mike Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Insurance We are living ...”
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The End of Employer Sponsored Healthcare?
“We have written extensively about the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has and ...”
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Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (Co-Ops) are the New Kids on the Block
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has initiated many changes in the marketplace. One ...”
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When Developing a Self-Insurance Strategy, Stop-Loss Coverage is Key
“Are you considering self-insuring your company’s group health insurance plan?  Many employers are but there ...”
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Final Regulations Issued for Health Insurance Industry Fee
“On November 29th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department issued final regulations ...”
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And the Insurance Exchange Landscape in Connecticut Continues to Evolve...
“Anyone remotely connected with healthcare or insurance in the State of Connecticut has got an ...”
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Health Care in Massachusetts – State Report Indicates Focus on Pay for Performance and Innovative Plan Designs
“In February I wrote about the healthcare delivery system in Massachusetts, specifically about how Carriers ...”
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When It Comes to Wellness Programs--Consider Workplace Culture Before ROI
“I've been a wellness professional with Ovation for more than a decade, and during that ...”
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Health Care in Massachusetts – Carriers and Providers Collaborate to Enhance Service and Improve Engagement
“Change is constant—the only thing you can count on is change. How many times have ...”
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The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange: A February 2013 Update
“In January, I provided a general overview of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. The following ...”
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PPACA and Form W-2 Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage
“The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the aggregate cost of coverage under an ...”
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Salad Anyone?
“ Vegetables are an important part of everyday eating and salads are a delicious way to ...”
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The Power of Face-to-Face
“ - This is a guest blog entry by Marlene D'Ambrosio, one of Ovation's dedicated Senior ...”
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What It's All About
“Ovation’s Chief Sales Officer John Carew stopped by my office today. With water bottle in ...”
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Can you Handle the Truth?
“Ovation’s Health Improvement strategies are different because it’s THAT important! Peter Townsley is Ovation’s Director of ...”
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The Ovation Power Grid
“The power outage from several weeks ago left many people with a story to tell. ...”
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Learning to Like Mushrooms
“Courtesy of Bill Mauke, our Workforce Health President, everyone in the office has been watching ...”
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Liquid Calories
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It's Just Not the Same
“I was sitting at my desk earlier today building a fort out of pens while ...”
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Who Cares About Health Care?
“ “Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack”. The story airs at 8:00 PM Eastern ...”
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Gluten-Free(dom)
“I remember the day my father announced he was going gluten-free. I remember staring at ...”
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A Summer's Journey
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Internship: 101
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My Story in 646 Words
“I’ve never been one to believe in coincidences, mainly because I’ve encountered so many of ...”
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Register Today for Health Reform Webinar
“Proskauer Health Reform Webinar: Impact on Employees TUESDAY JULY 19, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00PM We are pleased ...”
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A Promise Made is a Debt Unpaid
“Americans spend their lives working to achieve a certain "lifestyle" which could be as simple ...”
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Change Can Be Easy If You Simplify the Plan
“Sometimes when we are tasked with making a change, any change, we tend to get ...”
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Embracing Healthy Living
“I was never athletic. I was born with two left feet, the hand-eye coordination of ...”
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Why Workforce Health?
“We've talked a little bit on our website about Workforce Health, and we have been ...”
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Making Time for Physical Activity
“Everywhere you turn these days your reading, seeing and hearing about the benefits of physical ...”
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Springtime in Boston
“I can't think of a prettier time of year than April for visiting Boston's Public ...”
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Practicing What We Preach
“I can’t say I was enthusiastic about running around our office building 6 times in ...”
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Death, Be Not Proud
“"Death, Be Not Proud,” by John Donne, is among the most famous and beloved poems ...”
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February Wellness Newsletter
“Here are some highlights of our February Wellness Newsletter. *Whole Grains Linked to Lower Atherosclerosis Risk -An ...”
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Get Up and Stretch!
“Most of us sit all day long and we don't realize that as the day ...”
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One Month In...
“Now that we are one month into 2011, I thought it would be a good ...”
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Jan
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Big Pharma Kicks In for My Mom (and Me!)
“This post is for my Mom, who had the pleasure of visiting the so-called “Donut ...”
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Ovation is really walking the walk!
“The storm may have pushed planning back one day, but our employees were ready to ...”
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2010
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Will You Drop Your Coverage?
“It’s the ultimate “unintended consequence”. Beginning in 2014, the health reform law requires employers with more ...”
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Both Sides Chipping Away at PPACA
“When the new Republican led House convenes in January, healthcare reform and the PPACA will ...”
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Court Ruling Strikes Individual Mandate
“Welcome back--my hibernation is over early and health reform is once again the reason!  What ...”
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December Wellness Newsletter
“Our December Wellness Newsletter is posted on our website! Here are some of the highlights. Stopping ...”
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Saturday Morning Running Club
““I can’t breathe….This stinks….People actually do this for fun??” These three statements ran through ...”
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A Chance to Change the World...
“Once in a while, we get the opportunity to change someone's life for the better. ...”
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Jul
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Impotence, Part Deux
“Pardon my French, but over the past couple of years I have experienced more than ...”
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Market Induced Impotence--Part I
“It's time for one of those a difficult and embarrassing discussion about...Impotence... But not the kind ...”
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What's Your Problem?
“I love this question because it is so versatile.  Change the emphasis on certain words ...”
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CANCELED: Waxman Shuts Down Testimony from Deere & Co.
“With all of our energy re-directed to the implementation of the health reform legislation, I ...”
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Baseball is here, but look to Massachusetts for some new hardball…
“As all New Englander’s know, if not most of the country, Massachusetts is one of ...”
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Meet the Team: HCR Week #2 "Cafe Table Chat"
“Meet the Ovation Benefits healthcare task force hard at work translating the new law ...”
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What Now? HCR Week #1 "Kitchen Table Chat"
“Bill Carew discusses the immediate and short impact of health care reform. ”
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$89 Trillion: Now THAT'S a Problem!!
“Like everyone else, I am really sick of healthcare reform. Fortunately, the real "end-game" ...”
Feb
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Groundhog Day: Six More Weeks of Health Reform
“He saw his shadow! At the conclusion of President Obama's health reform summit yesterday, the President ...”
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Malnutrition In Vietnam: The Solution to the Healthcare Cost Problem
“In my last post I laid out the 3 key deliverables that we believe every ...”
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What You Really Want From Me...
“In this world of health reform limbo, post Scott Brown, it is really difficult but ...”
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Paternalism and the Healthcare Cost Problem
““Who’s problem is it anyway?” The Scott Brown Senate election has effectively killed the Democrat-led push ...”
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As the World Turns...
“For political theatre, it cannot get any more fascinating than this… As the drama in the ...”
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Kids Today..
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2009
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Opportunity Amid Mediocrity
“Here are the top 5 things I expect will result from the health reform package ...”
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Age Wars: How Health Reform Pits "The Old" vs. "The Young"
“First, kudos to the President and Congressional leaders for trying to fix the biggest public ...”
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Understanding the AMA's Position...They Support HR 3962...or Do They???
“Much has been made about the AMA's support for the House Health Reform bill passed ...”
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What Employers Are Saying About H.R. 3962
“As I have been saying all along, the single #1 imperative with health reform must ...”
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Mrs. Pelosi's Gift
“H.R. 3962 passes in the House Saturday night with 2 votes to spare 220-215.  Here ...”
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Harry's High Stakes Gamble
“We are getting down to some serious business now, and the stakes continue to get ...”
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27 Million Angry People
“That's what we'll have if the individual mandate/pre-existing condition provisions of the Senate Finance bill ...”
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6 1/2 Reasons Why Healthcare Costs So Much
“1. Capitalism Lots of money flows to companies who innovate, and they need to make ...”
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Obama, Unclogged... Battle to the Death???
“There are a number of indications that President Obama is starting to put his stake ...”
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As Momentum For Health Reform Builds, Huge Obastacles Remain
“The unclogging has started...The bi-partisan Senate Finance bill released early Friday should trigger movement down ...”
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Mis-Understanding the Uninsured
“In the drive to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable and comprehensive health ...”
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Drain-O Time: Unclogging Health Reform
“Last year at this time all we heard about was the credit crisis and the ...”
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More (Scary Stuff) on The Unintended Consequences
“Bad news for all of us do-gooders out there...So far, polling on the "Golden Rule" ...”
Aug
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Vote on Health Reform Today!!
“Which drives your opinion on health reform: The Golden Rule   or the Law of Unintended ...”
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First, The Golden Rule of Health Reform
“I had a great vacation, thank you very much.  2 weeks at the beach in ...”
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Something great about our healthcare system and about our country...
“With all of the talk about everything that's wrong about our healthcare system, lets talk ...”
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CBO Rains On Reform Parade...again
“As you know by now I am obsessed with the Blue Dogs, the group of ...”
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Top Dog: “I’ve been lied to...”
“It's really getting ugly.  From The Hill: House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with ...”
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The $2,000,000,000,000 Summer Vacation
“Does anyone else wonder what the hurry is?  Really--can anyone tell me what is so ...”
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With Congressional and Public Support Wavering, Obama Ratchets Up Pressure and Rhetoric on Reform
“Judging from the tone and tenor of President Obama's statement on Friday and his stinging weekly radio/internet address ...”
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Where is the Luv??? Obama Live @ 3:15 Today (Friday 7/17)
Blue Dawg Growls
“Mike Ross, Blue Dog in chief on health reform re:  Dems opposition in House. Don't ...”
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Vetoes & Vacations: The Future of Health Reform in CT
“What's more important to you:  a veto or vacation?  State legislators may soon have to ...”
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Hope, Concern, Lies & Half-truths: What the Public Really Thinks About Health Reform
“Everywhere I turn these days I get hammered with questions about state and federal health ...”
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