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Go back to the enewsletter For the first time eve

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFor the first time ever, Huka Lodge has created a new Snow Time Package which takes guests directly to the nearby ski-fields of Turoa and Whakapapa on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, located in New Zealand’s UNESCO world heritage Tongariro National Park.As the country’s two largest and highest ski areas with over 65 ski trails across 1,050 hectares alone at Whakapapa, all levels of skiers and snowboarders can enjoy world-class amenities and stunning panoramas of volcanic terrain – whether advanced, intermediate or even those just wanting some fun on the slopes. For the truly adventurous, there are over 24 black and double-black diamond runs to ski.With an extended ski season from 2 June to 22 October 2018, the Snow Time Package takes guests straight to the slopes for a day of fun and action before they return to Huka Lodge to luxuriate in its legendary service and some après-ski pampering.The package includes:Accommodation for two nights, for two guests, full country breakfasts, picnic hamper for on the slopes, pre-dinner drinks with canapés and five-course dinners during your stay.After an early breakfast, pick up your picnic hamper and transfer by private vehicle to Tongariro National Park to ski area of your choice.Kit out in your hired jackets, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves and select your ski boots, two poles, skis or snowboard, and pick up a one-day lift pass. 
Take a private lesson with an experienced instructor (for three hours) or simply head to the slopes. 
At the end of the day, relax and rest during your return journey, by private vehicle, to Huka Lodge. 
Gifts of two woollen beanie hats and matching scarves to keep you warm on-piste. 
Huka Lodge, New Zealand and sister properties Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa comprise The Huka Retreats, all sharing a passionate commitment to providing extraordinary hospitality experiences for their guests.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Workers Pay More For Health Care Despite Slowed Premium Increases Study

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first_img Dallas Morning News: Texas Workers’ Health Insurance Costs Near Highest In Nation Los Angeles Times: Workers Paying More For Health Insurance, But Getting Fewer Benefits This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Workers Pay More For Health Care Despite Slowed Premium Increases: Study Stagnant wage growth caused workers to need a bigger percentage of their income to cover premiums and other costs. The Affordable Care Act may be helping to slow down the ever-growing costs of health care, according to a new report. Still, the health care law has yet to entirely live up to its name. (Condon, 1/8) McClatchy: Cost Growth In Job-Based Health Coverage Slowed After Health Law Passed center_img Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia saw slower growth in job-based health insurance premiums after the Affordable Care Act became law, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund. But because of slow wage growth, average annual health insurance premiums ate up 20 percent or more of household income in 37 states in 2013. That’s up from just two states, New Mexico and West Virginia, in 2003. (Pugh, 1/8) The average Texas worker spent 12.3 percent of income on health insurance in 2013, a larger share for coverage than almost anyone else in the nation, according to a report released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund, a health policy think tank in New York. Florida, where 12.4 percent of income went for health insurance and deductibles, was the only state where workers spent more. (Landers, 1/7) CBS News: Study: Premium Growth Slowed After Obamacare Although the Affordable Care Act has not led to soaring insurance costs, as many critics claimed it would, the law hasn’t provided much relief to American workers either, according to a new study of employer-provided health benefits. Workers continue to be squeezed by rising insurance costs, eroding benefits and stagnant wages, the report from the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund found. (Levey, 1/7) last_img read more