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Spring, Asthma, And the Affordable Care Act

I’m writing this while sitting in a parking lot waiting for a doctor appointment. Spring has finally sprung here with its fecund riot of color and accompanying plague of pollen. I love the former. The latter never bothered me until a few years ago when I suddenly became allergic to something that appears in the spring. This new allergy led quickly to asthma, another new development in my fifties. Armed with easy access to doctors, Flonase, Advair, Albuterol and the occasional visit to Prednisone land that turns me into a steroid induced superhero, my asthma is under control.

But what if I didn’t have this medical access? What if I had to procure medical services and medicines by paying 100% out of pocket? What if I wasn’t able to pay those bills? Asthma debilitates millions and kills thousands of people in the US every year – many of those deaths preventable according to experts. And asthma is only one of many chronic diseases that families have to cope with.

Which brings us to the Affordable Care Act. Lots of controversy has swirled around the 974 page act. Its driving objective is to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance and thereby to affordable healthcare. Everybody needs to comply with its provisions- individuals and employers – and therein lies much of the controversy.

If you’d like to join the conversation and tell us how you feel about the ACA, you can join Sharlyn Lauby (The HR Bartender) and me for a tweet chat on #KronosChat on 5/16 at 12pm. ow.ly/kMIqb. We’d love to hear how your organization is preparing for the full implementation of the Act in January 2014.

This week we’re reading about:
Does HR Have a Self-hate problem? www.tlnt.com/2013/05/09/why-do-we-seem-to-hate-all-the-things-that-make-hr-great/
Can there really be a high-availability cloud? www.zdnet.com/can-there-really-be-a-high-availability-cloud-7000014887/
Why healthcare must embrace the cloud www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2013/05/02/why-healthcare-must-embrace-cloud-computing/
Puma optimizes productivity risnews.edgl.com/retail-best-practices/PUMA-Optimizes-Productivity86149
How Obamacare will affect your business smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/finance-accounting/2013/05/08/how-obamacare-will-affect-your-business/
Will Obamacare lead to millions of part-time workers? www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/06/will-obamacare-lead-to-millions-more-part-time-workers-companies-are-still-deciding/
What should you pursue if you don’t have a passion? www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/05/09/182403459/i-know-im-supposed-to-follow-my-passion-but-what-if-i-dont-have-a-passion
There’s a Little Bit of Expert In All of Us ow.ly/kKjzV via @hrbartender
Why Stepping Back and Making It Simple Solves Everything ow.ly/kSc1v via @TLNT_com
Connecting Work/Life Balance to Turnover ow.ly/kScco via @HRExecMag
In a Big Data World, Don’t Forget Experimentation ow.ly/kSctD via @HarvardBiz
What a Flexible Workplace Has to Do With Trust and Creativity ow.ly/kSd6k via @Inc

Kronites are talking about:
New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: ow.ly/kK9Kj #overtime
RT @sreeseRNMBA: It was a “fanoos”. Read about it at Time To Care ow.ly/kLm4y #NursesDay #Nurses #nursesweek #FlorenceNightingale
RT @SmarterCafe: The #cloud makes #Kronos want to be better. ow.ly/kN27P
Part-time Workers Confused by the #AffordableCareAct ow.ly/kPyii via @WF_Institute
“Dying ain’t much of a living” ow.ly/kSbOy via @SmarterCafe
Hockey and the Cloud (in that order…) ow.ly/kSbSN via @SmarterCafe
@ODOT_Statewide Fast Tracks Workforce Management with #Kronos ow.ly/kKmO4
@PUMA Optimizes Productivity ow.ly/kKUhP via @risnewsinsights
Less Cost, Less Time, More Productivity — Take Workforce Management to the #Cloud ow.ly/kKfVl
#Kronos Survey Shows Many Part-Time Employees Confused About #AffordableCareAct; Not Getting Much Help From Employers ow.ly/kMGd6
Times have changed. Your #HR and #payroll processes should, too. ow.ly/kKY3I #paycon
[INFOGRAPHIC] Are you confused about the #AffordableCareAct? You’re not alone! Join #KronosChat on 5/16 at 12pm. ow.ly/kMIqb
Is 33% of a nurse’s time spent on administrative work too much? ow.ly/kMQHR #NursesWeek
@sreeseRNMBA’s interview with @am800cklw on addressing nurse fatigue within healthcare institutions. ow.ly/kNFI1 #nursesweek
#KronosCloud Growing at Breathtaking Rate; Kronos Reports Outstanding Second-Quarter Results: ow.ly/kP8sj
Webinar Reminder: Benefits one manufacturer saw with an integrated #HR & #payroll solution ow.ly/kP4PD #paycon

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  1. Dennis #

    Access is the key when it comes to health and the issue is well stated in Joyce’s blog both interns of worker productivity and overall wellness.

    May 11, 2013

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