What's New - October 2014

Index to All Months

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[10/2/14] U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration:

[10/2/14] Towers Watson: “U.S. Employers Looking to Enhance 401(k) Investment Structures, Towers Watson Survey Finds

[10/2/14] USA Today: “Borrowing from 401(k) can cost more than you think

[10/2/14] U.S. Census Bureau: Summary of the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions for 2014:Q2 -- Total Holdings and Investments of Major Public Pension Systems Increased to $3.4 Trillion; Remains the Highest Level Since Survey Began in 1968 [Released September 2014]

[10/2/14] SEI: Lump Sum Term-Vested Payouts -- Is Now the Time?

[10/2/14] NorthJersey.com: “What to watch for this open enrollment season

[10/2/14] Plan Sponsor: “Self-Funding Health Benefits Another Cost-Saving Strategy

[10/2/14] Benefits Bryan Cave: “Dealing with Changes to an Employee’s Measurement Period

[10/1/14] U.S. Departments of the Treasury (IRS), Labor (EBSA), and Health & Human Services: Amendments to Excepted Benefits; Final rules [as published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2014]

[10/1/14] SCOTUSblog: “Federal judge limits health care subsidies

[10/1/14] Yahoo! Finance: “Why you hate Obamacare but love your own health plan

[10/1/14] Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Brief: “Can PBGC Save Multiemployer Plans?

[10/1/14] Conference of Consulting Actuaries Public Plans Community: Actuarial Funding Policies and Practices for Public Pension Plans [White Paper]

[10/1/14] Plan Sponsor: “Retirement Plan Investors Eye PIMCO Total Return With Caution

[10/1/14] The Wall Street Journal: “The Imaginary Retirement-Income Crisis

[10/1/14] FINRA Investor Education Foundation: “Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions” is a new FINRA Foundation documentary that uses a mix of humor, on-the-street interviews and provocative insights from innovative thinkers to explore why we spend, why we save (or don't) and how we think about money. [Note: The program premieres Wed., Oct. 1, on Maryland Public Television, releasing Oct. 16 by American Public Television to public television stations nationwide.]

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What's new at EBRI this month:

EBRI 2014 Spring Policy Forum: “’Crisis’ Management: Uncertainty and the Workplace” [“gavel-to-gavel” webcast - Prerecorded broadcast available through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans]

EBRI 2013 Fall Policy Forum: “Employee Benefits: Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday” [“gavel-to-gavel” webcast - Prerecorded broadcast available through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans]

EBRI's Recent Media Coverage

“EBRI Now on Twitter” [EBRI Press Release, 2/6/09]

401(k) Balances and Changes Due to Market Volatility

Publications:

September 2014 EBRI Issue Brief - "Quality of Health Care After Adopting a Full-Replacement, High-Deductible Health Plan With a Health Savings Account: A Five-Year Study"

September 2014 EBRI Notes - "How Does Household Expenditure Change With Age for Older Americans?" and "2014 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey: Most Workers Continue to be Satisfied With Their Own Health Plan, but Growing Number Give Low Ratings to Health Care System"

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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:

Reports
Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act: Largest Issuers of Health Coverage Participated in Most Exchanges, and Number of Plans Available Varied.
GAO-14-657, August 29. Highlights.

Health Prevention: Cost-effective Services in Recent Peer-Reviewed Health Care Literature. GAO-14-789R, August 11.

Testimony
Statement for the Record: Individual Retirement Accounts: Preliminary Information on IRA Balances Accumulated as of 2011, by James R. McTigue, director, strategic issues, and Charles A. Jeszeck, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, to the Senate Committee on Finance. GAO-14-878T, September 16. Highlights.

Older Americans: Inability to Repay Student Loans May Affect Financial Security of a Small Percentage of Retirees, by Charles A. Jeszeck, director, education, workforce, and income security, before the Senate Special Committee On Aging. GAO-14-866T, September 10. Highlights.

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Updated 10/2/14