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California health insurance exchange’s open enrollment off to big start

By: Jerry Geisel

Published November 21, 2014 - 3:14pm CST

California, the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 is far eclipsing the enrollment rate during the comparable period last year.

Listing preauthorized medical procedures ruled within N.Y. comp board's powers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:50pm CST

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board was within its regulatory powers when it created a list of preauthorized medical procedures, and it properly places the burden of proving medical necessity on an injured worker’s treating physician, New York’s highest court ruled.

Judge rules Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional

By: Meaghan Kilroy, Pensions & Investments

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:47pm CST

A Sangamon County, Illinois, Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that Illinois’ pension reform law passed last year is unconstitutional.

Apple $450M e-book settlement gets final court approval

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc.'s agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

NYC pays ex-fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:32pm CST

(Reuters) — A former McDonald's worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police officer's hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday.

Case of school administrator who leaked info to newspaper can go forward

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:08pm CST

A federal appeals court has refused to dismiss a case filed by a former school administrator who was terminated after he leaked information to the press about a contract he believed was improperly awarded.

Crawford merges complex claims units

By: Shelby Livingston

Published November 21, 2014 - 1:43pm CST

Crawford & Co. on Friday announced it will merge its recently launched specialty markets claims unit with its established Global Technical Services claims unit.

House Republicans launch long-discussed anti-ACA lawsuit

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published November 21, 2014 - 12:50pm CST

House Republicans filed their long-awaited lawsuit Friday challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Credit Suisse ordered to pay $1.8 billion to finalize U.S. guilty plea

Published November 21, 2014 - 12:24pm CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Friday accepted Credit Suisse Group A.G.'s guilty plea to end a criminal case accusing it of helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes, and ordered the bank to pay roughly $1.8 billion in fines and restitution.

OFF BEAT: Airbnb offers host protection for trashed homes

Published November 21, 2014 - 12:12pm CST

The possibility of coming home to “meth pipes” or the aftermath of an “XXX freak fest” might deter some people from renting out their living space through Airbnb, but the apartment-sharing service is hoping to set the minds of U.S. hosts at ease by offering an additional liability insurance program.

401(k) auto-enrollment growing in popularity with employers

By: Jerry Geisel

Published November 21, 2014 - 10:55am CST

More employers are adding automatic enrollment features to their 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, according to a survey.

China Re gets Lloyd's OK for change to stand-alone syndicate in 2015

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 21, 2014 - 10:31am CST

China Reinsurance (Group) Corp. has received approval from Lloyd’s of London to transform its existing special purpose syndicate into a stand-alone syndicate.

Obama administration fudged exchange enrollment with stand-alone dental plans

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published November 21, 2014 - 9:10am CST

Alex Wayne reports for Bloomberg that the government inflated its 2014 enrollment figures for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges by including dental plans with medical plans.

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Published November 21, 2014 - 6:00am CST

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Grocery wholesaler to pay $735K for allowing racial harassment of workers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 20, 2014 - 4:40pm CST

A federal district judge has entered a $735,000 consent decree resolving a race harassment lawsuit, in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged a Chicago grocery wholesaler with tolerating a racially hostile workplace.

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