The Races to Watch Across All 50 States.

 :: Posted by admin on 10-31-2014

The Races to Watch Across All 50 States.
The race between Mark Begich, the Democratic incumbent, and Daniel Sullivan, a Republican, could decide who controls the chamber, and outside groups have poured money into the contest. But there are few clear signals of the race's momentum: ….. This …
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McConnell Paid For Koch Group Meeting Shortly Before Blitz Of Pro-GOP
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Freedom Partners Action Fund has spent more than $ 3 million in the Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas Senate races, more than $ 2 million in Colorado, and more than $ 1 million in Alaska, North Carolina and Oregon …
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Evaluating NH's expanded health plan options

 :: Posted by admin on 10-31-2014

Evaluating NH's expanded health plan options
That includes 21 group plans under The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) program, which offers generous tax breaks for businesses with fewer than 25 modestly paid employees. … funded nonprofit Covering New Hampshire, a 40-year-old …
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Recent traveler with fever hospitalized in Tulsa for Ebola monitoring
“The individual informed health officials late this evening that they had developed a fever. THD officials immediately implemented an isolation and evaluation plan in conjunction with the Regional Medical Response System following appropriate protocols …
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Is Your State Quarantining Ebola Doctors?
Paul LePage said Maine will follow CDC guidelines for returning health care workers and set up an at-home quarantine and monitoring system. LePage has called the state's quarantine "voluntary," as is advised by the CDC, but the governor said he plans …
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Hawaiian Health Care Workers Push Back Against Health Care Giant Kaiser

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

Hawaiian Health Care Workers Push Back Against Health Care Giant Kaiser
A smaller rank-and-file delegation went inside to ask Barnes why Kaiser is trying to curtail group pension coverage if it wants to improve the “work environment” for 2,000 Local 5 members? Having helped generate more than $ 4.8 billion in profits for …
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Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting – KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita
… the lava will reshape the community… The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar …
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Obama warns against strict quarantines for Ebola workers
The ribbon of molten lava on the Big Island of Hawaii has been. … WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa to be treated as “the heroes that they are,” amid continuing …
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Insurers Are Expecting A Huge Boom For Obamacare Next Year

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

Insurers Are Expecting A Huge Boom For Obamacare Next Year
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelIn this March 31, 2014, file photo, Elizabeth Rich helps a man sign up for the Affordable Care Act at Swope Health Services in Kansas City, Mo. Insurers would not say whether they agreed with CBO forecasts, but many interviewed …
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Federal government sues Honeywell over wellness program
Honeywell is a major employer in the Kansas City area. … In a statement, Honeywell denied any wrongdoing and said the screening and wellness program “are in strict compliance with both HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act's guidelines.” The company also …
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KC Checkup: Five Questions For Ron Rowe
The open enrollment period for 2015 health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act is coming up on Nov. 15 and extends to Feb. 15. The federal health reform law has changed the way many consumers buy and use insurance. For insurance companies …
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Federal Agency Starts Cleanup At Higganum Cove Superfund Site

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

Federal Agency Starts Cleanup At Higganum Cove Superfund Site
HADDAM — A new chapter has begun at the old Higganum Cove industrial site near the Connecticut River, where huge tractor-trailer trucks are hauling away tons of contaminated soil and debris. Already, 1,000 tons of PCB-laced soil, asbestos, countless …
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Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston For 20+ Years, Dies At Age 71
He was the city's first Italian-American mayor and served in the office for more than 20 years before a series of health problems forced him, reluctantly, to eschew a bid for a sixth term. … Menino was among the first U.S. mayors to offer domestic …
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Senate hopefuls answer 9 questions
Small businesses are also being hit by double-digit rate increases, putting small business owners in the terrible position of having to decide whether or not to close doors or stop providing insurance to their employees. Health insurance is growing …
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Legal issues to understand if your employees work in multiple states

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

Legal issues to understand if your employees work in multiple states
However, legal regulations from the federal, state and municipal levels can often differ from one another, causing issues for multi-state employers. Discrepancies include wages, benefits, discrimination, background checks, medical … So what if your …
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Separation of Church and State?
Meanwhile in California, Governor Gerry Brown is demanding that all employers, including churches, offer and pay for elective abortion through their health insurance policies. … The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has a non discrimination statute and …
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Idaho Town Bridling in their Religious Discrimination?
Under the guise of “non-discrimination” the proposal would require most employers in the District to support abortion by requiring them to cover elective abortion in their health insurance, as well as other services an employer may object to covering …
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Abington Health, Jefferson merger plan advances

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Abington Health, Jefferson merger plan advances
"We want a very small guiding group," said Merlis, who is making his second attempt to find a merger partner for Abington. A plan in 2012 to merge with Holy Redeemer Health System was … for the expected new world of health care from a position of …
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'Special place': Ground broken for new hotel
The hotel will be a hospitality industry teaching center for the disabled, a plan proposed by the advocacy group The Arc of Indiana and embraced by Mayor Dennis Tyler. Tyler, who spoke at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony, told The Star Press afterward …
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New store to offer range of services, treatment options for people suffering
Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across …
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Washington launches health exchange for businesses

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

Washington launches health exchange for businesses
SEATTLE — Washington small businesses that want to offer health insurance to their employees can use a new marketplace just opened in the state. More than 20 health plans are available through the business arm of Washington Healthplanfinder. Small …
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Senate hopefuls answer 9 questions
Small businesses are also being hit by double-digit rate increases, putting small business owners in the terrible position of having to decide whether or not to close doors or stop providing insurance to their employees. Health insurance is growing …
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Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71
He was the city's first Italian-American mayor and served in the office for more than 20 years before a series of health problems forced him, reluctantly, to eschew a bid for a sixth term. … Menino was among the first U.S. mayors to offer domestic …
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How Alabama insurance agents are profiting in new Obamacare economy

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

How Alabama insurance agents are profiting in new Obamacare economy
That's because they can finally meet the demands of their community due to the subsidies that are available through Obamacare, Watkins said. Watkins said they use Humana's online exchange and they hope to also use UnitedHealthcare's exchange when it …
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New Obamacare insurance rates: What competition means for Alabama markets
UnitedHealthcare is entering the exchange market this year in all of Alabama's 67 counties eliminating Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's solitary status in 64 counties. Humana was and still is in three counties — Jefferson, Shelby and Madison.
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Bentley ad attacks Griffith for voting against Obamacare … wait, what?
This election cycle in Alabama, there's been two directions to run — against President Obama or away from him. We've seen Republicans accusing other Republicans of supporting the Obama liberal agenda. We've seen Public Service Commission …
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RPT-US governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

 :: Posted by admin on 10-30-2014

RPT-US governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health
"The permanence of that tax increase would make it a better credit," said Peter Hayes, Head of BlackRock's Municipal Bonds Group, which holds a variety of Illinois-based debt. Hays said that could potentially make the group notch up its exposure to the …
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NEW: Read and Sign Up for The D Brief
Two weeks after NYT's C.J. Chivers blew the lid off the story of U.S. troop exposure to chemical weapons in Iraq, the Army and Navy said they “will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring” for its exposed Joes—numbering at least 25 …
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East Aurora to receive federal funding to support student mental health
According to the state, the grant will help bring together students, parents, school staff, local law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies and mental health providers to develop and put in a place a comprehensive plan to promote mental health and …
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