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How to Lower Your Medical Bills

Priority Health is among the insurance companies making it easier for patients to compare prices before they go in to see a doctor. The company is working with Healthcare Bluebook, a website that analyzes rates negotiated by insurance companies, to show members what a service might cost at one hospital versus another before they get care. Read more.

Garcia Forest Service Debarred from Federal Contracts for Three Years

Garcia Forest Service in Rockingham, N.C. has been debarred for three years for violating the SCA and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. Read more. Government contractors: avoid penalties and possible debarrment, and create a more competitive bid by providing your Service Contract Act employees with a bona fide fringe benefit plan from The Boon Group.

Austin ISD to Reexamine Wage Rates for Construction Workers

Initial work is moving forward on a few Austin Independent School District bond projects approved by voters in 2013, but the district’s board of trustees will schedule a discussion about potentially revising the wage rate structure AISD uses to pay construction workers after hearing from a group of local citizens at its April 28 meeting. During citizens communication, representatives from local organization Austin Interfaith and AISD employee union Education Austin encouraged the district to adopt Davis-Bacon wage rates. Read more.

Most Employees Will Likely Purchase a Voluntary Product

Nearly two-thirds of employees say it is important that their employer offer voluntary benefit products, new research reveals. Transamerica Employee Benefits (TEB), a business unit of Transamerica Life Insurance Company, unveils this finding in a nationwide survey of 2,028 U.S. adults employed full-time by companies that provide employee benefits. Read more.

First Lady Announcing One-stop Job Site for Vets

Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. Read more.

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