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What's new at EBRI this month:
Health Insurance Preference Survey: The results of the 1999 Health
Insurance Preference Survey were released on April 29, 1999. The survey was
conducted to evaluate the level of public support for the employment-based health
The American Savings Education Council has released the following on the 1999
Youth & Money Survey:
The EBRI Issue Brief
and EBRI Notes for the month of
May are available online for ordering. The May Issue
Brief is entitled "Social Security,
Retirement Incentives, and Retirement Behavior: An International Perspective."
The May Notes articles are "Projecting
IRA Balances & Withdrawals" and "Union Status and Health Insurance."
Policy Forum Book: Beyond
Ideology: Are Individual Social Security Accounts Feasible? contains the papers from
EBRI's December 2, 1998, policy forum.
EBRI Research Findings for 1998-1999:
What's new in employee benefits:
- The American Compensation Association provides listings of human resources-related
congressional bills with links to the bills and to background information on the bills.
news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every
Friday before the Monday issue date.
here for the latest available issue of the Washington Status Report from the
research staff of Hewitt Associates.
here for the daily edition of the Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR
here for the American Compensation Association's Compensation & Benefits
- The following items have been added to the General Accounting Office's Web site in
Portable Document (PDF) format:
If a title link above no longer works, click
here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY99, and search for the report by
entering words or phrases from the title. Reports will also be added to GAO's
searchable WAIS database in ASCII and PDF formats within 24 hours of the original
posting. Any individual report may be retrieved directly in text and PDF formats with the
following URL: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?RPTNO replacing RPTNO with the report
number (e.g., GAO/OCG-98-1).
If your computer does not already have the free Adobe Acrobat viewer software
to read PDF files, click
here for the one-time download necessary to read PDF publications.
A Dangerous Path: The Erosion of Health Insurance Coverage in the United States by
Steven Findlay and Joel Miller is a May 1999, Policy Study from the National
Coalition on Health Care.
Cash Balance Plans is a briefing posted by The ERISA Industry Committee.
Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Companies That Are Over 30% Employee-Owned
Through an ESOP, Stock Purchase Plan, or Other Broad-Based Ownership Plan (current
as of May 1999) is posted by The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).
Pricipals (sic): Bridges to the Future by David Warsh, Globe columnist, on
bridge jobs and retirement, is a May 23, 1999, Boston Globe article citing EBRI.
(5/26/99) The American Society of Pension Actuaries provides a chart: Side
by Side Comparison of House and Senate Pension Reform Bills.
(5/25/99) The Social Security Network site has added a special
section containing Critiques
of the National Public Radio (NPR) Social Security Series.
Employer Health Insurance Purchasing Arrangements: Can They Expand Coverage? by
Elliot K. Wicks and Jack A. Meyer has been posted by the National Coalition on Health
(5/24/99) The 25th
anniversary of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ERISA, is commemorated
with a Web site which includes a brief history and a page of milestones of the
(5/21/99) IntellectualCapital.com's current issue includes: Ideological
Gridlock on Social Security by Michael Calabrese, along with posted reader
Planning: Making It Last Forever on the Morningstar site also provides a link to
an article titled: "Retirement Savings: Choosing a Withdrawal Rate That is
(5/20/99) A timely article, "Reservist
Call-Ups Raise Benefits Issues" from CCH Human Resources, can be found at
here for InvestorWords which calls itself "the biggest, best investing
glossary on the web."
Shaddeg Health Bill: Expanding Access and Choice, an Executive Memorandum by James
Frogue, has been released by The Heritage Foundation.
(5/18/99)The Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (PSCA) has released a newly
survey on retirement program offerings for employees conducted for PSCA by
here for Retirement Income Policies & Publications. The International
Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans "has compiled information on the retirement
income policies [concerning Social Security reform] of various associations, institutes,
and government agencies that have an interest in this issue. A profile of the organization
is given and the position taken by the organization is summarized. If the organization has
publications on this issue, they are listed, and information on how to obtain them is
Competitors in the European DC Marketplace by Ward Harris, posted May 12, 1999, is
"the third of a continuing series of reports on the state of the global defined
contribution marketplace" from the 401kWire.
Can We Provide for the Baby Boomers in Their Old Age?" by Dimitri B.
Papadimitriou and L. Randall Wray is the 1999/5 edition of Policy Notes from the
Jerome Levy Economics Institute.
(5/14/99) Recent articles on Microsoft and temporary workers:
here for the statement of The Honorable John A. Boehner, Chairman, Subcommittee On
Employer-Employee Relations, at the May 6 hearing on: "The Impact of External Revue
on Health Care Quality " He refers to the results of EBRI's 1999 Health Insurance
(5/13/99) The Health Insurance
Association of America has posted Estimated
Impact on Medigap Premiums of Potential Changes Suggested as Part of Medicare Reform
by William C. Weller.
(5/12/99) Recently posted on The Heritage Foundation Web site:
here for President Clinton's remarks on the Financial Privacy and Consumer Protection
Are Not Saving: Should We Worry?" by Francois R. Velde is the title of the May
1999 article of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Chicago Fed Letter.
Business Case for Financial Education is the title of the Ernst & Young and
Plan Sponsor survey which included human resource executives who have implemented
financial education programs for employees.
here for the April 1999 behaviorial health care report Health Care Plan Design and
Cost Trends - 1988 through 1998 prepared for the National Association of Psychiatric
Health Systems and the Association of Behavioral Group Practices by The Hay Group.
here for the April 23, 1999, Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate of S. 6, The
Patients' Bill of Rights Act of 1999, as introduced (Star Print) on January 19, 1999.
(5/5/99) Posted at Quicken.com on CNNfn: Baby
Boom's Market Bust? When Baby Boomers Hit Their Golden Years, the Market May Get Tarnished.
(5/4/99) The Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans (APPWP) posted April 23,
1999, an information report for members of Congress and their staff on cash balance
pension plans: Addressing
Today's Workforce Needs APPWP Voices Cash Balance Plans' Benefits to Employees and
(5/4/99) The American Enterprise Institute released a study dated April 1999 entitled Social
Security: A Report on Current Polls.
(5/3/99) The Society of Actuaries has posted: Plan
Design- Defined Benefit Only: It's Not Your Father's Oldsmobile
Anymore by Eric P. Lofgren.
(5/3/99) Standard & Poors has posted a
report on the workers compensation insurance sector and provides a link to the
Standard & Poor's List of the Leading Providers of Workers Compensation Insurance.
(5/3/99) May 1999, is National Employee Health and Fitness month which highlights the
importance of a healthy workplace and aims to promote year-round health and fitness
programs to corporations, community organizations, schools, and universities.
For more information, contact: Cindy Porteous, National Association of Governors
Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports, Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite
560, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 237-5630, FAX (317) 237-5632.
(5/3/99) The National Taxpayers Union Foundation has posted the following:
(5/3/99) Available on the Heritage Foundation Web site: Social
Security Trust Fund Report Shows Program's Finances Getting Worse by Daniel J.