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Weekly Article Roundup | 09.16.11

September 16, 2011 / Employee Engagement / Virgin Pulse

All the news you need from this past week.

Creative employee benefits
Ochsner Health Systems in Louisiana offers reductions of up to $2,000 from health-care premiums, depending how much employees exercise. The company is one of more than 120 employers that hire Virgin HealthMiles, owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, to monitor employees’ daily exercise.

Thomson Reuters Study: Hospital employees are less healthy and accrue higher healthcare costs than general workforce
Healthcare spending is 10 percent higher for hospital employees than it is for the general employee population, according to a study released today by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.

Americans turned to public health insurance in 2010
“It’s the only aspect of health reform that you can possibly point to,” said Elise Gould, director of health policy research at the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute think tank in Washington. “(The numbers) would be worse without health reform, …

Obama plan to begin taxing health insurance stirs opposition
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
The proposal, tucked deep inside the 155-page jobs legislation Obama submitted to Congress on Sept. 12, would make health plans provided by employers partially taxable for couples earning more than $250,000 a year and individuals earning more than $200,000.

Diabetes “massive challenge” as cases hit 366 million
The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, posing a “massive challenge” to healthcare systems worldwide, experts said on Tuesday. The vast majority of those with the disease have Type 2 — the kind linked to poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise — and the problem is spreading as people in the developing world adopt more Western lifestyles.

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