What's New - December 2016

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[12/2/16] PlanAdviser: “DC Advisers Cite Fewer Go To Providers -- Advisers recommend an average of just 2.2 plan providers to prospective clients, a new report suggests.

[12/2/16] American Century Investments® [Blog]: “Issues in Target-Date Fund Evaluation and Selection

[12/2/16] PlanSponsor: “Nearly Half of Corporate Pensions Considering Lump-Sum Payouts

[12/2/16] NAPA Net: “What’s Up With Consistent 401(k) Balances in November?

[12/2/16] CNN Money: “How do I turn my 401(k) into reliable retirement income?

[12/2/16] Social Security Office of Retirement and Disability Policy: “A Comparison of Free Online Tools for Individuals Deciding When To Claim Social Security Benefits

[12/2/16] 401(k) Specialist: “HSAs Gain (Serious) Traction In Retirement Planning -- Current projections show $50 billion in assets by 2018

[12/2/16] PlanSponsor: “Employees Express Concern About Adequacy of Health Benefits -- In addition, many do not know what they are paying for health insurance, a survey finds.

[12/2/16] Aegis Risk, LLC (via International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists): Aegis Risk Medical Stop-Loss Premium Survey

[12/2/16] Xerox Corporation FYI®: “Wellness Programs: Regulatory and Litigation Update

[12/2/16] Employers Council on Flexible Compensation: “House Passes 21st Century Cures Act with HRA Provisions

[12/2/16] Vox.com: “The biggest health reform bill since Obamacare, explained in 600 words

[12/2/16] Kaiser Health News: “GOP Embraces Repeal-Now, Replace-In-Three-Years Strategy On Health Law

[12/2/16] Vox.com: “The true story of America’s sky-high prescription drug prices

[12/2/16] Federal News Radio: “Make your health plan a money maker

[12/1/16] Money Magazine: “Why You Really Shouldn’t Ignore a Flexible Spending Account

[12/1/16] Willis Towers Watson: “10 Investment Actions for DB Plans in 2017

[12/1/16] Prudential Financial: 2016 Retirement Preparedness Survey Findings

[12/1/16] CNBC: “How to gum up your 401(k) without even knowing it -- Half of target-date fund investors have their dollars in other funds

[12/1/16] NAPA Net: “Plan Eligibility, Vesting Focus of GAO Report

[12/1/16] InsuranceNewsNet: “Kansas Judge Rejects DOL Rule Injunction” [Market Synergy v. DOL]

[12/1/16] NAPA Net: “5 Things the DOL Wants You to Know About TDFs -- That You May Have Overlooked

[12/1/16] Human Resource Executive Online: “Fiduciary Rule in Limbo? Experts weigh in on the likelihood of a repeal or delay of the new fiduciary rule under a Trump administration -- and what it means for employers.

[12/1/16] Social Security Bulletin: “Employment at Older Ages and Social Security Benefit Claiming

[12/1/16] The Motley Fool (via USA Today): “8 facts you didn’t know about retirement


What's new at EBRI this month:

EBRI 2016 Spring Policy Forum: "Employee Engagement in Health and Retirement Challenges and Reforms" [“gavel-to-gavel” webcast - Prerecorded broadcast available through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans]

EBRI's Recent Media Coverage

Change in Average Account Balances (by Age and Tenure)


Nov. 29, 2016 EBRI Issue Brief - "Health Savings Account Balances, Contributions, Distributions, and Other Vital Statistics, 2015: Estimates from the EBRI HSA Database"

Oct. 19, 2016 EBRI Notes - "Workers Like Their Benefits, Are Confident of Future Availability, But Dissatisfied With the Health Care System and Pessimistic About Future Access and Affordability"


What's new in employee benefits:

The following items have been added to the Government Accountability Office's Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:

401(K) Plans: Effects of Eligibility and Vesting Policies on Workers' Retirement Savings.
GAO-17-69: Published Oct. 21, 2016; Publicly Released Nov. 21, 2016. Highlights.

Social Security: Improvements to Claims Process Could Help People Make Better Informed Decisions about Retirement Benefits.
GAO-16-786, Sept. 14, 2016. Highlights.

401(k) Plans: DOL Could Take Steps to Improve Retirement Income Options for Plan Participants.
GAO-16-433: Published August 9, 2016; Publicly Released September 8, 2016. Highlights.

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Updated 12/2/16