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How to Bring the Price of Health Care into the Open

There's a big push to tell patients what they'll pay – before they decide on treatment. The health care price transparency movement aims to lift the veil of secrecy, and empower patients and other payers to be smarter health care consumers. Read more.

Nitty-gritty on Six Key Provisions of Employer Mandate

The final rules on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate are more than 200 pages long. Here’s a closer look at the ACA employer mandate rules on employer relief, full-time equivalent employees, breaks in service, temp agencies, administrative practices and dependent coverage. Read more.

At Long Last, the Government Is Poised to Meet Its Small Business Contracting Goal

According to the Small Business Dashboard posted at data.gov, the government gave $83.2 billion in contracts to small businesses in the year ended September 2013, good for 23.4 percent of total contracting dollars, up from 22.3 percent a year earlier. Read more.

A Minimum Wage Raise for Federal Contractors Won’t Change That Much

In January, President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts. One defense analyst says this will have little effect on most government contractor employees, who already earn more under the Service Contract and Davis-Bacon Acts. Read more.

No Sequester Cuts Are Needed in 2014, OMB Says

Congress’s last-minute adjustments to the fiscal 2014 spending levels in January will mean sequestration will not be a major factor for defense or non-defense agencies in 2014, the Office of Management and Budget has confirmed. Read more.

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