Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday LinkFest

First up, FoIB Holly R tips us to this terrific news:

"As millions get covered, a POLITICO investigation finds that dozens of the insurers that the health care law depends on are losing money and even abandoning the system"

This is of course not news to anyone that's been paying attention, but that a left-leaning outlet like Politico is covering it is ... suggestive.

First, it was sky-miles. Now we learn, thanks to co-blogger Bob, that those highly touted wellness programs are now in IRS cross-hairs:

"Are wellness program incentives taxable? The IRS says ‘yes’ ... In each case, the incentives were deemed subject to income tax."

Thereby further diluting their cost-effectiveness.


Finally, long time readers may recall this story from last summer:

"Further investigating – including a review of a Fitbit activity tracker – showed the scene was staged and 43-year-old Jeannine Risley knowingly filed a false report"

The "victim" had staged a fake rape, and was foiled by the Fitbit widget on her wrist.

Now, workers comp claims adjusters, personal injury attorneys and others are using the same technique to catch out potential fraudsters:

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