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Check out EBRI's latest publications. EBRI's February Issue Brief provides an in-depth look at health insurance portability issues such as COBRA expansions and job mobility, and a discussion of the issues surrounding the recent Clinton administration proposal to expand Medicare to the near elderly. EBRI Notes provides a report on the proceedings of EBRI-ERF’s fall policy forum, "Do Employers/Employees Still Need Employee Benefits?"

(2/26/98) "Present Law and Background Relating to Tax Incentives For Savings," prepared by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, provides a description of present-law tax treatment of savings and background information on savings in the United States.

(2/25/98) For remarks by Treasury Deputy Secretary Lawrence H. Summers before the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Social Security, click here for the February 24 press release.

(2/25/98) "Paying More and Losing Ground: How Employer Cost Shifting is Eroding Health Coverage of Working Families," is a new report published by the AFL-CIO and based on data analysis by The Lewin Group. Click here for the press release with 5 charts.

(2/24/98) The National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) has published online the NAPPA 1997 Legal Education Conference Interactive Survey Results on public pension funds' investments. Click here for Part One. Click here for Part Two.

(2/23/98) The following item has been added to the General Accounting Office's World Wide Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format: Employee Benefits: Limited Scope Audit Exemption Should Be Repealed. T-AIMD-98-75. 6 pp. February 12, 1998.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(2/20/98) "Americans Discuss Social Security is a non-partisan effort funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts… to engage Americans from all walks of life in a country-wide debate about the future of Social Security, and to provide a framework within which these citizens can help America’s policymakers to resolve this issue."

(2/19/98) The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement No. 132 on February 12 that revises current note disclosure requirements for employers' pensions and other retiree benefits.

(2/19/98) The following item has been added to the General Accounting Office's World Wide Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format: Social Security: Restoring Long-Term Solvency Will Require Difficult Choices. T-HEHS-98-95. 13 pp. February 10, 1998.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(2/18/98) Essential Links is a Web site that provides links to almost everything you ever wanted to know about anything. Of seasonal interest is their Taxes page of Essential Links.

(2/16/98) "Taking on the HMOs" is the feature story in the February 16, 1998 Fortune text edition online.

(2/13/98) From the Press Room at Ernst & Young: KPMG and Ernst & Young Call Off Merger Talks.

(2/13/98) Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.

(2/12/98) The whitepaper titled "The Regulation of Health Plans, A Report from the American Association of Health Plans is now online. Click here for the Web site, then click on What's New.

(2/11/98) "Social Security Website Links" on the EBRI Social Security Reform Evaluation Research Program site has been updated with additional links. Now this page directs you to 70 online sources pertaining to the Social Security reform debate.

(2/11/98) The Department of Labor has made available an online program titled Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses.

(2/11/98) The February 9, 1998, issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates updates the following issues: delay of new Form 5500 and comments solicited on Medicare+Choice implementation.

(2/10/98) President Clinton's February 9 remarks on the future of Social Security are available at the White House Internet site.

(2/9/98) Click here for the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Web site. Click here for selected LIS/LES working papers that can be downloaded.

(2/6/98) Click here to view document titles furnished by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. You may also submit orders online for these publications from the 104th and 105th Congresses.

(2/3/98) Click here for the latest News Online compiled weekly by the staff of Pensions & Investments.

(2/2/98) The President's FY 1999 federal budget documents are online at the GPO web site. Note: this site contains both HTML and PDF files.

(2/2/98) From Hewitt Associates: "1997 in Review and the Outlook for 1998: A Summary of Human Resource Legislative and Regulatory Activity"


Updated 2/26/98

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