Obama lobbies SCOTUS, jobless rate drops, and the beginning of the end for health insurers?: This week in benefits

A round-up of the week’s employee benefits news, reports and controversy from around the web

A timeline of the top news stories this week


Recommended reads from around the web

The truth behind insurance commissions (The Wall Street Journal)

Want to see a health insurance death spiral (The Washington Post)

Young employees seek jobs with pensions (U.S. News & World Report)

The 401(k): Americans ‘just not prepared’ to manage their own retirement funds (The Washington Post)

More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests (USA Today)

The raid on your medical records (NY Daily News)

SC Bill would yank benefits for failed drug tests (BusinessWeek)

Medicaid gets harder to tap (The Wall Street Journal)

Pensions find riskier funds fail to pay off (The New York Times)

5 reasons to enroll in an HSA (BenefitsPro)

Rise of the Medical Expertocracy (The Wall Street Journal)

Can you Romney-size your IRA (The Motley Fool)


Most buzz-worthy blogs on BenefitsPro this week


Cleaning out my closet, by Denis Storey

Steve Martin's iconic declaration doesn't exactly tell my story, but it comes painfully close. I was born poor and white in a Kansas City suburb that had more in common with trailer parks than gated subdivisions. To use the politically incorrect—and still painful—vernacular, I grew up white trash.


Top 4 trends in 401(k) participation, by Dan Cole

Let’s assume for the moment that education is the key to 401(k) participation. But where can education provide the biggest oomph?


But I don't want to buy broccoli, by Kathryn Mayer

I think one of the most important pieces of information that's come out of the coverage is this: Americans just don’t get it.


401(k) hardship withdrawals are a costly fix, by Andy Stonehouse

A hard-struck participant needing a $15,000 advance on their 401(k) loses $200,000 of retirement savings. This is not the best plan of action.


4/01(k) fools day, by Chris Carosa

Is this merely a testament to America’s declining math skill or are we just inherently illogical?


PBM fight still on, by Jenny Ivy

Even though Express Scripts got the FTC go-ahead for its $29 billion acquisition of Medco, retail pharmacists are determined to stop the merger via federal courts.


Most talked-about story on BenefitsPro this week: Lobbying justices, Obama makes his health law case


Most popular story on BenefitsPro this week:  6 potential outcomes for health reform


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About the Author
James E. Green

James E. Green

James E. Green is the Group Editorial Director of Summit Business Media's Life & Health Group, which includes National Underwriter Life & Health, Life Insurance Selling, Agent's Sales Journal, Senior Market Advisor, Producers Web, Benefits Selling and BenefitsPro.com.


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