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What's new at EBRI this month:

Facts from EBRI: Domestic Partner Benefits: Facts and Background (Updated June 2000) is a recent fact sheet from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

The Uninsured in Southwest Border States: The June 2000 EBRI Fact Sheet answers questions on the percentage of the population without health insurance in the Southwest border states, relative to the nation, and Hispanics who lack health insurance.

Value of Benefits Survey: "Most workers are generally satisfied with their employment-based benefits and continue to rank health care as the most important of their employee benefits, according to the findings of the 2000 Value of Benefits Survey conducted by WorldatWork in collaboration with the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)."

2000 Retirement Confidence Survey and Minority RCS: Results of the 2000 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) and the 2000 Minority RCS were released on May 16, 2000, at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Evaluating the Archer-Shaw Social Security Proposal:  Using the EBRI-SSASIM2 Policy Simulation Model, the June EBRI Notes article closely examines the Archer-Shaw 1999 proposal, which incoprates the key concept of individual accounts that Gov. Bush has endorsed.

The EBRI Issue Brief and EBRI Notes for the month of June 2000 are available online for ordering. The June Issue Brief is entitled "Retirement Confidence Survey 2000: Including Results from the RCS Minority Survey and the Small Employer Retirement Survey." The June Notes articles are "Evaluating the Archer-Shaw Social Security Proposal" and "Value of Benefits Constant in a Changing Job Environment: The 1999 WorldatWork/EBRI Value of Benefits Survey."

Small Employer Retirement Survey (SERS): The 2000 Results of the survey are available.

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What's new in employee benefits:

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(6/29/00 The Center for Economic and Policy Research has posted Governor Bush's Individual Account Proposal: A Reassessment Using Realistic Stock Return Projections.

(6/29/00) ERISA at 50: A New Model for the Private Pension System by Pamela Perun and C. Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute is a February 2000, paper done for the Retirement Project.

(6/29/00) Insure.com provides the Health Insurance Laws and Benefits Tool which allows searching for each state's mandated health benefits and other consumer information.

(6/29/00) The National Health Care Purchasing Institute (NHCPI) "is an initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance health care purchasing by Fortune 500 companies, the Health Care Financing Administration, purchasing alliances, and public employee purchasers."

(6/28/00) H.R.4747, sponsored by Rep John A. Boehner and introduced 6/26/2000, is titled: To Amend Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Promote the Provision of Retirement Investment Advice to Workers Managing Their Retirement Income Assets.

(6/28/00) Economic concerns and health care are among the top concerns of Americans as shown by surveys conducted by The Gallup Organization March through May 2000.

(6/28/00) Click here for audio Webcasts of the June 7-9, 2000, conference, Saving, Intergenerational Transfers, and the Distribution of Wealth, organized by Edward N. Wolff of the Levy Institute and New York University.

(6/27/00) Intellectual Capital.com presents Gore vs. Bush on Retirement Security by Michael Calabrese.

(6/27/00) "Quantitative Measures for Evaluating Social Security Reform Proposals" is a Spring 2000 Issue Brief from the American Academy of Actuaries. "The Bottom Line on Comparing Social Security Reform Proposals" is additional information.

(6/27/00) The Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress has released two studies:

(6/27/00) The World Health Report 2000: Health Systems: Improving Performance, this year's annual report from the World Health Organization (WHO), represents "the first ever analysis of the world's health systems."

(6/27/00) The Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) has posted the State Health Insurance Mid-Year Report. Click here to read the executive summary, the full report, or the Powerpoint presentation for the June 22 press briefing.

(6/26/00) A report from the 1997 Census of Governments is now available in PDF format: Employee-Retirement Systems of State and Local Governments "provides statistics on the financial transactions and characteristics of state and local government retirement systems. Data are presented on the revenues, benefit payments, cash and security holdings, and membership of these employee retirement systems. Data are aggregated by state and level of government."

(6/22/00) The Employee Benefit Research Institute is one of the 100 Best Research Sources compiled by the staff of American Demographics

(6/19/00) The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published the following two short articles in the June 2000 issue of Economic Trends:

(6/16/00) Internet and Your Health, a New York Times special advertising supplement provided by Merck is a comprehensive source of health and health care information and resources online.

(6/16/00) The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Chronic Care in America: A 21st Century Challenge provides estimated annual direct medical costs for persons with chronic conditions under chronic care disease management programs.

(6/15/00) BenefitFinder.com has made available the most recent Annual Report Form 5500 filings which can be searched for a fee.

(6/15/00) The Kaiser Family Foundation National Survey of Consumer Experiences with Health Plans is "a national survey of 2,500 insured adult Americans on their experiences with health plans...."

(6/15/00) The Center for Studying Health System Change released on June 6, 2000, the findings from a survey entitled "Why People Change Their Health Care Providers."

(6/12/00) The Gallup Organization released today the results of a poll entitled "Americans Favor Social Security Investment Proposal," indicating that a majority of Americans prefer the personal retirement accounts recently proposed by George W. Bush. Click here for the press release.

(6/8/00) CNNfn.com announces "Carmakers expand benefits: GM, Ford, Chrysler to offer health care benefits to workers' same-sex partners."

(6/8/00) Free for a limited time from William M. Mercer, Inc. -- the use of their Geographic Salary Differential Calculator -- giving you the ability to compare city pay rates (base city) to the national average as well as to other cities (target city).

(6/7/00) The National Alliance for Fair Employment has released a report titled Contingent Workers Fight for Fairness.

(6/6/00) The Investment Company Institute today posted the Spring 2000 report 401(k) Plan Participants: Characteristics, Contributions, and Account Activity.

(6/6/00) The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on June 5, 2000, entitled The Cash Balance Conundrum: How to Promote Pensions Without Harming Participants. Click here for links to the testimonies.

(6/6/00) Governor Bush's Individual Account Proposal: Implications for Retirement Benefits is a report from The Century Foundation's issue brief series on the Social Security Network. The authors are Henry J. Aaron, Alan S. Blinder, Alicia H. Munnell, and Peter R. Orszag.

(6/6/00) Mutual fund retirement assets, 1990-1999, are shown in "Mutual Funds and the Retirement Market" (Fundamentals, Vol. 9, No. 2) on the website of the Investment Company Institute.

(6/6/00) Click here to read A Framework for Analyzing and Managing Retirement Risks by Olivia S. Mitchell and Zvi Bodie from the Pension Research Council working paper series. (working papers available only temporarily)

(6/6/00) A preliminary compilation as of April 1, 2000, of International Resources: Organizations and Institutes Interested in the Study of Work-Family Issues has been prepared by The Sloan Work-Family Researchers Electronic Network.

(6/6/00) The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has posted the report: Substance Abuse Services for Multiemployer Fund Participants.

(6/5/00) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.1 percent in April 2000. For the 12-month period ended in April, the CPI-U increased 3.0 percent.

(6/5/00) The Budgetary Treatment of Personal Retirement Accounts, March 2000, is a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) paper prepared as part of CBO's continuing analyses of federal budget concepts and Social Security reform proposals.

(6/1/00) "Cashing Out Your Future? Hewitt Study Shows Majority of 401(k) Plan Participants in the U.S. Opt for Cash When Changing Jobs, Regardless of Age" heads the May 30, 2000, press release from Hewitt Associates. The Hewitt 401(k) Rollover Distribution Analysis has one chart linked to the press release.

(6/1/00) A May 9, 2000, press release from Hewitt Associates says that the Hewitt 401(k) Index™ Shows Normal Transfer Activity Among Employees, Despite Market Volatility.

(6/1/00) The lead in a May 26, 2000, Watson Wyatt Worldwide press release reads "In an effort to help ease the growing administrative burden facing human resource departments, many employers are expecting to make greater use of the Internet to administer benefits, while offering their workers fewer health plans, according to a survey of 503 employers." The findings are part of the Fifth Annual Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care, conducted jointly by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

(6/1/00) "RxHealthValue, a new independent information center released May 10, 2000, a national study of prescription drug use that found that Americans are using more prescriptions, at younger ages and for more conditions, and are substituting newer, more expensive medications for established products. As a result, in the population studied, pharmaceutical spending increased by 24.8 percent annually between 1996 and 1999."

(6/1/00) For coverage of the 2000 presidential race go to Gallup's Election 2000 page.

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