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COMPANIES CHIP AWAY AT HEALTH BENEFITS

Companies’ health care costs in 2015 rose at the lowest rate in at least 20 years, a report out Thursday shows, but workers’ share of costs continue to skyrocket. The average health care rate increase for midsized and large companies was 3.2% this year, the lowest since the consulting firm Aon started trading it in… read more

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HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS

Many Illinois consumers will pay higher prices for health insurance entering the third year of President Barack Obama’s health care law, industry experts said after the government published the 2016 prices Monday. The federal government said the cost of a benchmark plan in Illinois on HealthCare.gov will increase 6.1% for 2016 coverage. About 297,000 Illinois… read more

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VIRTUAL DOC

Walgreens expects to reach about half the country by the end of the year with a new service that lets people see doctors for minor ailments without leaving home, through smartphone, tablet or computer.  

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COSTLY TAX BREAKS

The biggest individual tax break is for employer-paid health care, health insurance and long-term care insurance, none of which is counted as taxable income. That provision cost the government an estimated $143 billion last fiscal year, and is estimated to cost $150.6 billion this year. Taxing dividends and capital gains at lower rates than ordinary… read more

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