The quality of our emotions has a substantial effect on our stress and long-term outcomes, says former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. "When we are predominantly experiencing positive emotions, whether that is gratitude or inspiration or a sense of awe or connection or love, we are able to do more, we are able to handle more, we are able to perform better," he says.
Informal sessions to complain about work-related problems can prolong the impact and feelings of unfairness, according to research. That mental distraction and negativity can be compounded "by complaining to the wrong person," writes Adi Gaskell.
Annuity contracts with guaranteed-minimum-benefit riders could be a valuable way to help avoid the depletion of assets as longevity increases, writes Anthony Domino Jr. of Associated Benefit Consultants. Contracts with such riders "offer refund of premium or enhanced death benefits should one buck the longevity trend and pass away on the wrong end of the actuarial curve," Domino writes.
Rich Lane of Standard Insurance reviews the legal requirements for Medicaid-compliant annuities, which can preserve a significant portion of a couple's assets when one member receives long-term care paid for by Medicaid.
A focus group survey of small-business employers in Connecticut, one of the states currently sponsoring a retirement-savings plan, reveals confusion over what employers' responsibilities are, as well as questions on the usefulness of state-run plans. Report author Alison Salka says states considering such plans should be prepared to engage in an extensive education process.
AHIP, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and a number of other business and health care organizations issued a joint statement calling for at least a two-year commitment to funding Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments, and they want to see the money included in a congressional spending bill. Insurers have warned they will leave exchanges or raise premiums substantially if the payments do not continue. AHIP emphasized that payers do not profit from the payments.
Republican House leaders said the House will not vote this week on amended health care legislation, because although they won the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus, they don't yet have enough support from moderates.
President Donald Trump has yet to secure congressional approval of new health care legislation, but in his first 100 days, his administration has set the wheels in motion for large-scale changes to health care laws, filled top HHS positions, secured Justice Neil Gorsuch's position on the Supreme Court and indicated a desire to give more power over health care markets to states.
The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm law school dean R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary nominee. Among Acosta's first tasks will be a review of the Labor Department's proposed fiduciary rule.
Health plans have a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of individuals with asthma. A series of videos from AHIP highlights the partnerships and collaborations between health plans and community organizations to foster sustainable asthma management programs. See the value of health plan and community partnerships -- and more.
Delivering excellence in asthma management The EPA's National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management recognizes excellence in environmental management as part of comprehensive asthma care. Hear from previous winners about the value of the award — and of effective asthma management — in a series of videos.
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