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What's New - November 1998

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What's new at EBRI this month:

The Hurdles to Privatizing Social Security: EBRI's November 1998 Issue Brief examines "Individual Social Security Accounts: Issues in Assessing Administrative Feasibility and Costs." The analysis -- the first of its kind -- provides specific information about how and why individual investment accounts would require fundamental changes in the way the existing Social Security system is operated, how those changes would affect employer administrative complexity and cost, and how long it might take to implement a new system due to the diversity of the U.S. workforce.

Consumer Health Education Council (CHEC): The Employee Benefit Research Institute Education and Research Fund  has posted the Strategic Plan of CHEC.

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What's new in employee benefits:

  • The American Compensation Association provides listings of human resources-related congressional bills with links to the bills and to background information on the bills.
  • Click here for the latest News Online compiled weekly by the staff of Pensions & Investments.
  • Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.

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(11/30/98) A study released by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau, Gender and Aging: Mortality and Health, (IB/98-2), is the second in a series of four international profiles focusing on gender and aging.

(11/25/98) The Revised Supplement, "Q & A: Recent Changes in Health Care Law" includes additional questions and answers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), replacements to the chapters on the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) and the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act (the Newborns’ Act), and questions and answers on the recently enacted Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (Women’s Health Act).

(11/23/98) Plan Sponsor's second annual Defined Contribution Services Survey is available online: Options Shine-Technology Disappoints: Vendors' Internet Capabilities in Particular Need Work.

(11/20/98) Information on 1997 National Health Expenditures is available on the Web site of the Health Care Financing Administration.

(11/19/98) Click here for an overview of the survey results of 401(k) Plan Sponsorship Growth 1994-1998 online at the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America's Web site.

(11/18/98) Click here to read the November 17, 1998, letter to the Honorable Bob Livingston (R-La.) from The Concord Coalition Co-Chairs Sam Nunn and Warren Rudman on Livingston's pledge that as Speaker of the House he will introduce a bill to make sure we "no longer use Social Security proceeds to mask the budget deficit."

(11/17/98) The Investment Company Institute, the national association of the investment company industry, provides a Web site on Mutual Fund Fees and Expenses.

(11/13/98) According to a post-election survey released by the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), the Congressional election results contain no mandate for so-called "patient protections".

(11/12/98) Results from the 1998 Women’s Retirement Confidence Survey (WRCS) have been posted by the American Savings Education Council:

(11/9/98) The Commonwealth Fund has posted Highlights of the 1998 Multinational Comparisons of Health Care and the 1998 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey - Chart Pack.

(11/7/98) PBGC's Small Business Guide summarizes all employer administrative responsibilities under the pension insurance program.

(11/6/98) The Aging Baby Boom: Implications for Employment and Training Programs by Stacy Poulos and Demetra Smith Nightingale is available on the Urban Institute site.

(11/5/98) Aon Consulting presents HRCompDepot, a human resource tools Web site.

(11/4/98) Milliman & Robertson provides a Quick Reference Card: Pension Limits and Thresholds for 1995 ¾ 1999.

(11/4/98) The White House released a report, Women and Retirement Security, prepared by the National Economic Council Interagency Working Group on Social Security.

(11/3/98) Click here for a paper from the Pension Research Council: Social Security Money's Worth.

(11/2/98) The National Women's Forum on Retirement Education, a new program to help women overcome the gender gap in retirement saving, will begin on November 12, 6-8 p.m. with a special event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Click here for the details.

(11/2/98) The IRS has released Notice 98-52 which provides guidance on the design-based alternative or "safe harbor" methods in section 401(k)(12) and section 401(m)(11) of the Internal Revenue Code for satisfying the section 401(k) and section 401(m) nondiscrimination tests.

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