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What's New - January 1998

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As a research site, EBRI Online maintains old listings in the "What’s New" page, even though some of the older links may no longer function. If you reach a bad link, go back to the main site by deleting everything after ".com" or ".org" or ".net" in the address. Since we maintainSocial Security: A New Debate for a New Era," remarks by Lawrence H. Summers, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, at the National Press Club, January 29, 1998.

(1/30/98) The January 26, 1998, issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates updates the following issues: COBRA and "plain English" prospectuses.

(1/30/98) The Health Insurance Policy Program tracks and analyzes trends in health insurance coverage in California. The 1997 Report on "The State of Health Insurance in California" is available for downloading in Adobe Acrobat format.

(1/28/98) From the LA Times: "GOP Differs on Use of Budget Surplus," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) State of the Union response to Clinton’s address

(1/28/98) On the White House site: the State of the Union Address with background materials

(1/28/98) On CNN's Financial Network: an article on the State of the Union Address with related stories and sites.

(1/28/98) New York Times' State of the Union speech articles are available.

(1/28/98) From the Federal News Service and posted on the Washington Post Web site with indexing: the full text of President Clinton's January 27, 1998, State of the Union address, as delivered.

(1/28/98) Posted on the BenefitsLink site: "White House Pension Proposals for FY 1999 Budget"

(1/27/98) The tables for the 1995 "Employee Benefits in Medium and Large Private Establishments" are available electronically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the entire bulletin later this year.

(1/27/98) The Census Bureau has released "Who's Minding Our Preschoolers? Fall 1994 (Update)" (P70-62) which provides information on child care costs and the various types of child care arrangements being used from grandparents to organized child care facilities.

(1/26/98) Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.

(1/26/98) The following item has been added to the General Accouting Office's World Wide Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format: Social Security Reform: Implications for Women's Retirement Income. HEHS-98-42. 19 pp. plus 3 appendices (12 pp.) December 31, 1997.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(1/23/98) Available on the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site: the Kaiser/Harvard National Survey of Americans' Views on Consumer Protection in Managed Care.

(1/22/98) HEALTH BENEFIT COSTS RISE ONLY 0.2% IN 1997: Another surge in managed care enrollment holds down national cost increase is the heading of the January 20, 1998, press release on the 12th annual Mercer/Foster Higgins National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.

(1/22/98) The January 19, 1998, issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates updates the following issues: tax-qualified retirement plans, Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and international accounting standards for employee benefit plans.

(1/20/98) The Heritage Center for Data Analysis has released "Social Security's Rate of Return" by William W. Beach and Gareth E. Davis.

(1/20/98) "The Medicare for the Almost-Old" by Robert D. Reischauer, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution, was published in The Washington Post on January 12, 1998.

(1/19/98) Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.

(1/16/98) The January 12, 1998, issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates updates the following issues: COBRA coverage under HIPAA, termination of retiree health coverage, health care coverage for pre-65 retirees, and child care.

(1/15/98) "Medicare as an Option for Americans Ages 55-64: Issues to Consider"

With the recent announcement of the Clinton administration that the FY 1999 budget proposal will include provisions to expand Medicare and COBRA, many important questions have been raised. EBRI's preliminary study addresses some of these questions.

(1/14/98) The following item has been added to the General Accounting Office's World Wide Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format: "Social Security Disability Insurance: Multiple Factors Affect Beneficiaries' Ability to Return to Work." HEHS-98-39. 25 pp. Plus 7 appendices (15 pp.) January 12, 1998.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(1/13/98) Hot off the presses, EBRI's latest publications are now available:

  • The January Issue Brief, "Implications of ERISA for Health Benefits and the Number of Self-Funded ERISA Plans" (EBRI Issue Brief no. 193), provides an overview of the issues relating to ERISA and health benefit plans, the major case law relating to ERISA and health plans, and the implications of the preemption of state regulations for health plan sponsors and participants. It also presents the latest data available on the number of health plan participants in self-funded ERISA plans. Finally, it presents a summary of current legislative proposals that would attempt to amend ERISA.
  • January Notes features "Preservation and Annuitization in Retirement Saving Accounts," analyzing 1997 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) findings on what retirees do with lump-sum distributions from retirement account balances. EBRI Members, don’t forget you can also easily access this month’s publications as well as the previous three years’ editions of Issue Briefs and Notes online at www.ebri.org.

(1/13/98) "Disabilities Affect One-Fifth of All Americans," a new Census Bureau brief, discusses various disabilities, the number of Americans with disabilities, those who need personal assistance, differences by age and race, employment status, and reliance on public assistance. (pdf format)

(1/13/98) Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, a nonprofit organization, has a list titled: Insurance Companies Offering Medical Savings Accounts (effective 1/1/97).

(1/13/98) The Labor Department's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) has released a report entitled "The Merits of Defined Contribution vs. Defined Benefit Plans With an Emphasis on Small Business Concerns" prepared by the PWBA Working Group established to study the causes and effects of the movement away from defined benefit plans.

(1/12/98) The 1997-1998 edition of "The Guide to Public Policy Experts"is available on the Heritage Foundation's Web site.

(1/12/98) Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.

(1/9/98) The Joint Committee on Taxation report, "General Explanation of Tax Legislation Enacted in 1997," (1997 Blue Book), is available in both text (1,863k) and PDF (1,652k) formats.

(1/9/98) Deloitte & Touche has posted its annual Tax Planning Guide.

(1/9/98) Click here for the table of contents of the December/January 1998 issue of Plan Sponsor. The cover story is titled "ERISA's Prisoners."

(1/8/98) Fortune magazine's January 12, 1998, issue features their annual survey, "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America." In addition to the list of companies, there is information on most unusual benefits offered and best perks to employees.

(1/7/98) The January 6, 1998, Remarks By The President At Event On Medicare, have been posted by The White House Office of the Press Secretary.

(1/7/98) The following items have been added to the "Recent Reports" page on the U.S. General Accounting Office's Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(1/6/98) The January 5, 1998, issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates updates the following issues: portability requirements for health care spending accounts, discrimination based on health status, qualified long-term care insurance contracts, ADP/ACP testing of 401(k) plans, loans from qualified retirement plans, trusts designated as beneficiaries under retirement plans, and business expense reimbursement.

(1/5/98) The Investment Company Institute site has a section on Retirement Security Issues; two areas of the section are Legislation and Regulation and Retirement Statistics.

(1/2/98) The following items have been added to the "Recent Reports" page on the U.S. General Accounting Office's Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(1/2/97) The Cato Institute has released a Policy Analysis titled "Restoring Health Freedom: The Case for a Universal Tax Credit for Health Insurance" by Sue A. Blevins.

(1/2/97) The Kaiser/Commonwealth 1997 National Survey of Health Insurance, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, is available online.

(1/2/97) Executive summaries of reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation are available:


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