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(5/30/97) A recent "MEPS Highlight," The Uninsured in America: 1996: Health Insurance Status of the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, is from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

(5/29/97) The American Savings Education Council (ASEC) provides access to the press release, summary of findings, and facts from the survey of the Public Agenda's recent report, Miles to Go: A Status Report on Americans' Plans for Retirement.

(5/28/97) News items from the May 26, 1997, issue of Business Insurance are available.

(5/27/97) The Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans (APPWP) continually tracks issues in Congress and the private sector that relate to employer-sponsored benefits programs. The Benefits Policy Status Report contains a chart tracking those issues.

(5/23/97) The Urban Institute has released a report entitled Expanding Insurance Coverage for Children by John Holahan dated May 1997. This monograph includes the following tables:
1.Insurance Coverage of Pregnant Women and Children, 1994
2.Insurance Coverage of Adults by Sex and Income, 1994
3.Trends in Health Insurance Coverage, 1988-1993: By Pregnancy Status and Age
4.Trends in Health Insurance Coverage, 1988-1993: By Income, Pregnancy Status, and Age
5.Health Insurance Coverage of the Nonelderly by Age and by Family Income, 1990-1992: Children Under 19, Below 200 Percent of Poverty
6.Estimates of the Costs of Covering Pregnant Women and Children, Ages 0 through 18, 1996

(5/21/97) The May 19, 1997, edition of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates includes items on the Federal budget, a reduction in benefits court case, the normal retirement age in pension plans, and ERISA Enforcement.

(5/20/97) The House Republican Conference has created a Web site labeled A Balanced Budget for America's Future. It contains all the documents dealing with the balanced budget agreement and process including a Summary of the Balanced Budget Agreement of 1997.

(5/19/97) The "links" page, Other Internet Resources for Employee Benefit Information, on EBRI's Web site has been updated with additional links. In particular, a new Financial Planning section has been added.

(5/15/97) The following items were added to the "Recently Issued Reports" page on the General Accounting Office's Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:
1) Health Insurance: Management Strategies Used by Large Employers to Control Costs
(HEHS-97-71. May 6, 1997).

2) Medicare HMO Enrollment: Area Differences Affected by Factors Other Than Payment Rates (HEHS-97-37. 23 pp. plus 2 appendices (15 pp.) May 2, 1997).

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY97, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(5/13/97) The Supreme Court of the United States issued May 12, 1997, its unanimous decision on Inter Modal Rail Employees Association et al. v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. et al. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the opinion clarifying ERISA benefit protections.

(5/12/97) The State Database of the Urban Institute's Assessing the New Federalism project includes information on the fifty states and the District of Columbia in areas including income security, health insurance, child well-being, demographic, fiscal and political conditions, and social services. According to the Urban Institute, as responsibility for policies in many areas shifts from the federal to the state level, it is important that information on state policies and conditions be widely available. Therefore they have gathered information from a variety of sources and collected it in a convenient, accessible form. The information can be used to compare states with each other or with the nation as a whole, to track trends over time, or to analyze relationships among different state characteristics.

(5/9/97) The following item has been added to the "Recently Issued Reports" page on GAO's World Wide Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:
Federal Retirement: Federal and Private Sector Retirement Program Benefits Vary.
[GGD-97-40. 67 pp. plus 6 appendices (63 pp.) April 7, 1997]

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY97, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(5/8/97) The latest report from The Cato Project on Social Security Privatization, A Plan For Privatizing Social Security by Peter J. Ferrara, is available on the Cato Institute's Web site.

(5/8/97 The New York Times on the Web now features Hoover's Company Capsules. The capsules provide information on more than 10,000 of the largest public and private companies around the world. Each capsule includes a description of the company, address, officers, sales and employment figures, and hyperlinks to more information.

(5/8/97) BenefitsLink announces a new Q&A column: Stop, Look & Listen: Questions and Answers about Railroad Retirement. Employers, employees and beneficiaries who are affected by the Railroad Retirement program operated by the federal government are encouraged to pose questions to Robert S. Kaufman, a former official with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

(5/7/97) The U.S. General Accounting Office has released a report on GAO's Income Security Issue area's planned work which will include evaluating the adequacy of Social Security and public and private pension systems for future retirees. In PDF format, see Income Security Issues: Issue Area Plan for Fiscal Years 1997 and 1998.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY97, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(5/5/97) Summary material is available on the White House/GOP budget agreement. (Note that the agreement as it currently stands is not a detailed legislative proposal.) The White House web page contains links to the press conference transcript, talking points prepared by the White House, and the President's weekend radio address on the agreement. The House Budget Committee's web site contains Chairman John Kasich's (R-OH) statement to the press.

(5/5/97) EBRI recently posted four new press releases. In May, EBRI's two monthly publications--EBRI Notes and EBRI Issue Brief focus on trends in health care insurance in general, and specifically for the near elderly . On April 30 EBRI-ERF presented its 41st policy forum, "Retirement Prospects in a Defined Contribution World." On May 2 EBRI-ERF presented a Lillywhite Award to Roger Bransford at the P&I Investment Management '97 meeting.

(5/2/97) Check out USA TODAY's Retirement Planning Hot Line series and additional articles on readers' questions and experts' responses.

(5/2/97) The sixth major revision of Internet And E-Mail Resources On Aging: an Online Directory "has been reformatted as a home page and is greatly expanded in scope and number of links. It includes metasites, web sites, e-mail discussion groups/listservs, freenets, the commercial online services, and USENET Newsgroups. Other standard categories of information in this directory are: associations and conferences, educational programs, government agencies and organizations, news sources, online and regular publications, research, and subdivisions by country or smaller geographic breakdowns, where appropriate. It includes 1,295 links."

(5/1/97) The Guide to Public Policy Experts (1997-1998) is presented in its entirety in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

(5/1/97) "Corporate citizenship is about treating employees as important assets to be developed and as partners on the road to profitability. It is an idea that business leaders, investors, academics, and government representatives believe will lead to bottom-line success for America -- its businesses, its workers, their families, and their communities. The Department of Labor maintains the Corporate Citizenship Resource Center to enhance public access to information on workplace practices that embody a commitment to this notion of corporate citizenship."


Last updated 5/30/97

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