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(4/30/97) Creating a Better Social Security System for America by Daniel J. Mitchell is an April 23, 1997, report from The Heritage Foundation. (Backgrounder #1109)

(4/29/97) What To Do About Uninsured Children, a report from The Heritage Foundation, cites Employee Benefit Research Institute research findings.

(4/28/97) The Trustees' Reports on the 1997 Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the 1997 Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund are available on the Health Care Financing Administration's site.

(4/25/97) A summary of the 1997 Report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, released April 24, is available. A hypertext version of the annual report will be available on the Social Security Administration's site soon. Until then, the entire OASDI Trustees Report is available as a compressed PostScript file (460,659 bytes) on the SSA site.

(4/25/97) The 1997 annual Social Security and Medicare trust fund reports have been released. Links will be posted as soon as they are available.

(4/25/97) The Employee Benefit Research Institute is cited in a National Center for Policy Analysis Brief Analysis titled Questions and Answers About Uninsured Children by Merrill Matthews in this week's issue of IntellectualCapital.com.

(4/24/97) Recently released by The National Coalition on Health Care: a report by Kenneth E. Thorpe--Changes In The Growth In Health Care Spending: Implications For Consumers. The executive summary is available on the Coalition's Web site.

(4/23/97) The U.S. General Accounting Office's "Recently Issued Reports" page has added the following:

Health Insurance for Children: Declines in Employment-Based Coverage Leave Millions Uninsured; State and Private Programs Offer New Approaches.

Social Security Reform: Implications for the Financial Well-Being of Women.

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.

(4/22/97) The April 21 edition of the Washington Status Report from the Research Staff of Hewitt Associates contains information on:

  • Stock Options in 401(k) Plans
  • Accounting for Postretirement Benefits
  • PBGC List of Top 50 Underfunded Pension Plans.

(4/18/97) On April 17, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) issued press releases on its two monthly publications -- EBRI Notes and EBRI Issue Brief. The April Issue Brief, "Employee Benefits, Retirement Patterns, and Implications for Increased Work Life," focuses on early retirement trends, particularly among males ages 55-64. April Notes features an article, "Daring to Touch the Third Rail," on worker and retiree attitudes toward Social Security reform.

(4/16/97) executive summary is available to the general public.

(4/8/97) The Department of Labor announced April 1 the release of interim regulations for HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The regulations provide guidance in understanding new health protections for employees who change jobs or lose health care coverage altogether. The regulations also include model forms that may be used by employers.

(4/4/97) The Section 127 Coalition Web site has been created as part of a continuing effort to have Internal Revenue Code Section 127, employee educational assistance, reinstated as a permanent part of the tax code.

(4/3/97) The PWBA Press Release of April 1, 1997, presents the details of the interim regulations announced by the U. S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury. The regulations provide guidance to help employees and their families understand these new rights and to assist employers, plans, and insurance companies in complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

(4/3/97) HIPAA interim regulations issued 4/1/97 are described in a PWBA publication, an addendum to "Q&A, Recent Changes in Health Care Law," available online.

(4/1/97) The American Savings Education Council (ASEC) is distributing a new brochure entitled "How Do I Get There From Here" in both print and electronic versions. This brochure complements ASEC's "The Power to Choose" brochure and provides valuable information and tips on selecting an appropriate investment strategy which many individuals find overwhelming. The guide provides information on how to evaluate a financial planner as well as identifying additional resources which people may want to consult before making their investment decisions. "How Do I Get There From Here" and other ASEC brochures can found on ASEC's web site in the educational "Tools" section.

(4/1/97) The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Annual Report for 1996 is available.

(4/1/97) The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Online Job Posting Service. listings are available by posting date, geographic location, and by job title. Please direct all inquiries about the positions to the address listed in the advertisement.

(4/1/97) Read Clinton Proposes Steps To Protect Pensions posted 3/31/97 on CNN Time's All Politics page.

Last updated 4/30/97



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