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How Big Data Threatens Health Insurance: Viewpoint

For all its absurdity, the debate over Obamacare has accomplished something positive: It has educated people that insurance is really about risk pooling — as in you need both healthy and sick people to participate if it’s going to be …

AARP Suit Says Workplace Wellness Programs Raise Medical Privacy Concerns

A lobbying group representing older Americans sued the Obama administration on Monday claiming regulations for programs designed to rein in employee health care costs will subject workers to invasions of their medical privacy. Rules released in May by the U.S. …

When Are Employee Wellness Programs No Longer Voluntary?

Dale Arnold, who worked for Wisconsin plastics maker Flambeau, chose not to take his work-sponsored health assessment and biometric screening. The company responded by pulling his insurance coverage. Like many employers, Flambeau uses a wellness program to cut insurance costs …

Arkansas’ Health Plan Should Move People Upward, Consultants Say

Consultants hired by Arkansas legislators to review the state’s “private option” Medicaid plan have recommended that the program continue but suggested changes that would move participants into jobs and ensure they are leading healthy lives. Under its own approach to …

EEOC Issues Rules for Employee Wellness Program Incentives

U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other “wellness” measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Honeywell International Inc., …

Large Firms Add Financial Muscle to Wellness Programs

U.S. companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join “wellness” programs, embracing an element of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace. Beginning in 2014, the law known as Obamacare raised the …

Workplace Wellness Has Only Modest Effect on Bottom Lines, Waistlines: RAND

A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, Reuters has learned, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite of the …

No Quick Savings from Workplace Wellness for Employers: Study

Your bosses want you to eat your broccoli, hit the treadmill and pledge you’ll never puff on a cigarette. But a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money. In what’s being called the most rigorous …

Atlas General Insurance Services Named 3rd Healthiest Company in San Diego in 2012 by the San Diego Business Journal

San Diego, CA, 5/30/12 – The San Diego Business Journal announced the finalists this week for the San Diego Business Journal’s 3rd Annual Healthiest Companies Awards. Atlas General Insurance Services was ranked #3 in the Small Company Category for San …

Company Health Plans Raising Costs for Smokers, Obese

Like a lot of companies, Veridian Credit Union wants its employees to be healthier. In January, the Waterloo, Iowa-company rolled out a wellness program and voluntary screenings. It also gave workers a mandate: quit smoking, curb obesity, or you’ll be …