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Posted by Andy Adams on July 24, 2013 - 11:02am
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President Obama has ramped up his efforts defending Obamacare by employing his favorite tactic, a speech.  He touted the MLR rebate checks being sent out (go here to see whether there is any real benefit), but we have heard this story before.  He also employed some new data from New York indicated that Obamacare will REDUCE premiums for individual health policies by up to 50%.  The President emphasized this point saying, "Think about that: 50% lower."  We will take his advice.
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Posted by Andy Adams on July 16, 2013 - 4:17pm
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After January 1st, when "community rating" kicks in for individuals and small groups under 50, claims will not be considered to determine health premiums.  Only two factors will be allowed to change the premiums offered by a plan to individuals and small groups under 50 in the same geographic area: age and smoking status.  The premium increase due to age will be limited to a 3 to 1 ratio.

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 16, 2013 - 3:19pm
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"Et tu Brute?"  

You have to wonder if that is what the Obama administration is asking after being taken to the woodshed by three of the largest unions in the country over Obamacare:

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 12, 2013 - 5:39pm
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This Summer's Man of Steel is the latest retelling of the Superman legend and a great movie to boot (caution: comic book geek writing this blogpost).  But, just like the movies that came before it, it is just a movie.

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 12, 2013 - 11:22am
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The law of unintended consequences is unrelenting and one that the Obama administration cannot simply waive away by willful non-compliance.

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 8, 2013 - 5:01pm
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Last week's delay of the ACA's employer mandate was a bombshell that caught everyone by surprise.  What does this mean for employers?

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 3, 2013 - 11:06am
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If you’re not heading downtown for the big 4th of July Southwest Freedom Over Texas concert and fireworks, maybe you are lighting some fireworks of your own.  Fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Houston and in some parts of Harris County.  There is currently a burn ban in effect for Montgomery County.  Check your local Fire Marshal’s website to find out what is allowed in your area.   

On average, 200 people end up in the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the month of July.  Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind if you are planning your own fireworks display:

 

 
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Posted by Andy Adams on July 3, 2013 - 10:28am
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Minimum Essential Coverage plans (MEC Plans) are a hot topic among employers trying deal with the coming employer mandate (now delayed to 2015).  What are MEC plans?

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 3, 2013 - 9:50am
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By Catherine Jones, Author, Safety X Change, the online community for safety professioanls

 
According to the US Fire Administration, every year barbecue grills cause approximately 6,500 fires. The peak month for grill fires - JULY.
 
The top ignition factor, accounting for 43% of grill fires, is mechanical failure or malfunction, such as part failure, leak, break or lack of maintenance. Other ignition factors include:
  • Misuse of heat of ignition - such as lack of control of open fire and abandoned materials
  • Misuse of material ignited - such as combustible material being too close to heat
  • Operating deficiency - primarily leaving the grill unattended

 

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