What's New - March 2015

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[3/4/15] U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: “Senate, House Leaders Introduce Bill to Provide Certainty to Employers Offering Innovative Employee Wellness Programs

[3/4/15] Towers Watson: “Capturing the Value of Health and Productivity Programs

[3/4/15] For the Record: “Three Benefits of eHealth in the Workplace

[3/4/15] Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker: “How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?

[3/4/15] NAPA Net: “Try, Try Again: Retirement Bills Reintroduced in Congress

[3/4/15] Plan Sponsor: “Plan Design Is One Way to Stanch Outflows

[3/4/15] Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: “The Average Retirement Age -- An Update

[3/4/15] National Institute on Retirement Security: Retirement Security 2015: Roadmap for Policy Makers -- Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis

[3/4/15] Calamos Advisors LLC: Engaging the Next Generations in Retirement Savings

[3/4/15] NAPA Net: “The Trouble with Tibble

[3/3/15] Kaiser Health News: “Legal Challenges to Obamacare Subsidies Worries Consumers

[3/3/15] U.S. Senate Committee on Finance: “Hatch, Alexander, and Barrasso: We have a plan for fixing health care” [Press Release]

[3/3/15] Center for American Progress: The Great Cost Shift: Why Middle-Class Workers Do Not Feel the Health Care Spending Slowdown [Note: The full report may be downloaded at the website.]

[3/3/15] The Wall Street Journal: “The Diseases We Spend Our Health Dollars On

[3/3/15] MarketWatch: “A smarter way to budget for retirement health-care costs -- Some common costs are relatively predictable and stable

[3/3/15] Callan Investments Institute: 2015 Defined Contribution Trends [Executive Summary]

[3/3/15] The Boston Globe: “State to offer early retirement deals; layoffs may follow

[3/3/15] Buck Consultants’ FYI®: “DOL Extends FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Spouses

[3/2/15] NAPA Net: “Federal Budget Seeks to Support State-Based Auto IRAs

[3/2/15] Detroit Free Press: “Detroit retirees to see pension cuts starting Monday

[3/2/15] The Baltimore Sun: “Retirement insecurity

[3/2/15] Fox Business: “Annuities a Puzzle to Most Boomers

[3/2/15] USA Today: “Powell: Taming retiree health care

[3/2/15] Internal Revenue Service: Publication 5196: Affordable Care Act: Reporting Requirements for Applicable Large Employers [“To prepare for 2016, applicable large employers need to track information each month in 2015”]

[3/2/15] Kaiser Health News: “5 Things To Know About the Supreme Court Case Challenging the Health Law

[3/2/15] Forbes: “Embracing Less to Get More in Health Care

[2/27/15] Kaiser Health News: “High Court Arguments Set for Wednesday -- And the ACA’s Fate Could Hang in the Balance

[2/27/15] The Los Angeles Times: “Obamacare defense is tailored for key Supreme Court justices


What's new at EBRI this month:

EBRI 2014 Fall Policy Forum: “Measured Matters” [“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


February 2015 EBRI Issue Brief - "Retirement Savings Shortfalls: Evidence from EBRI's Retirement Security Projection Model"

February 2015 EBRI Issue Brief - "Utilization Patterns and Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Different Health Care Services Among American Retirees"

February 2015 EBRI Notes - "Employee Tenure Trends, 1983-2014" and "Views on Employment-Based Health Benefits: Findings from the 2014 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey"


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:

Private Pensions: Participants Need Better Information When Offered Lump Sums That Replace Their Lifetime Benefits. GAO-15-74, January 27. Highlights.


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Updated 3/4/15