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One Doctor Complains, HHS Censors Public Database

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One Doctor Complains, HHS Censors Public Database

By Marian Wang, ProPublica An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that maintains a discipline and medical-malpractice database reopened it for public access 9 Nov. 2011, two months after the agency had first taken the database offline. The National Practitioner Data Bank contains information used by hospitals, insurers, and licensing boards […]

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Few Small Businesses Use Valuable Obama Health Care Tax Credit

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Few Small Businesses Use Valuable Obama Health Care Tax Credit

While small business owners frequently complain about the cost of providing health insurance for the their employees, few are taking advantage of valuable health care tax credit, according to published reports. According to the IRS, the small business health care tax credit helps small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of covering their employees. […]

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Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Business Employers

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Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Business Employers

The small business health care tax credit helps small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of covering their employees. Eligibility Rules Providing health care coverage. A qualifying employer must cover at least 50% of the cost of health care coverage for some of its workers based on the single rate. Firm size. A […]

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Context on Obama’s Vague Proposed Millionaires’ Tax

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Context on Obama’s Vague Proposed Millionaires’ Tax

By Lois Beckett and Marian Wang, ProPublica This morning, (19 Sept. 2011) as part of his broader deficit reduction plan [1], President Obama called for a new rule that would raise taxes on the the wealthiest Americans. The proposal was quick to spark reaction from Republicans, who labeled it “class warfare [2].” But politics aside, […]

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Cost of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Up 9%

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Cost of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Up 9%

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health care insurance coverage increased 9% from 2010 to $15,073 this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust 2011 Employer Health Benefits Survey released Tuesday, 27 Sept. 2011. On average, workers pay $4,129 and employers pay $10,944 toward those annual premiums. Premiums increased significantly faster than […]

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Poll: Significantly Fewer U.S. 18- to 25-Year-Olds Uninsured

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Poll: Significantly Fewer U.S. 18- to 25-Year-Olds Uninsured

First a little bit of good news on health insurance in the United States. The Affordable Care Act, which allows children as old as 26 to remain on their parents’ health care insurance plans appears have an immediate effect on the number of Americans reporting they have health insurance, according to a recent survey by […]

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Health Care Benefits Optional But Not Expendable

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Health Care Benefits Optional But Not Expendable

From Workforce.com: Except for Social Security, workers’ compensation and a few state requirements, employers are free to choose whether to provide other benefits. With continually rising costs and the advent of health care reform, some companies are paring benefits. MetLife’s ninth annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends reveals that in the six months before March 2011, […]

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From the Blogosphere: Mandatory E-Verify Would Overwhelm Social Security Administration, Increase Disability Backlog

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From the Blogosphere: Mandatory E-Verify Would Overwhelm Social Security Administration, Increase Disability Backlog

From Scott Hochberg, strengthensocialsecurity.com, Our Future The train of threats to Social Security this year keeps on rolling, this time from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The “E-Verify” program threatens to undermine the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the millions of Americans who rely on it. Assuming the President stays the course and refuses to propose […]

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NFL Retirees Sue Players, Want Out of League Deal

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NFL Retirees Sue Players, Want Out of League Deal

From Courthouse News Service: When active NFL players reached a deal with the league and its owners, concerning billions of dollars in TV revenue, in time to rescue the season that just began, some sports columnists commented that the players had sold out the rookies and retirees. In the new complaint, filed Tuesday, 13 Sept. 2011, […]

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says His Country’s Professionals Are Underpaid

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says His Country’s Professionals Are Underpaid

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak admitted that Malaysian professionals are underpaid compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to the Malaysian national news agency Bernama. Najib said low pay had somewhat deterred efforts to retain as well as attract good talent to work in Malaysia. “So, it is my desire to […]

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