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What's New - November 1999

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What's new at EBRI this month:

EBRI-ERF Policy Forum Materials: Background materials for the December 1, 1999, EBRI-ERF policy forum are available by clicking here (follow the links from the agenda).

1999 Women's Retirement Confidence Survey (WRCS): Results of the 1999 WRCS were released on November 17 during the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) Partners' meeting. Click here for the press release, fact sheets, a full report, and charts from the survey.

The EBRI Issue Brief and EBRI Notes for the month of November are available online for ordering. The November Issue Brief is entitled "Public Attitudes on the U.S. Health Care System: Findings from the 1999 Health Confidence Survey."  The October Notes articles are "Do the Social Security Projections Underestimate Future Longevity?" and "Both Job-Based Health Coverage and Uninsured Continue to Rise, CPS Shows."

1999 Health Confidence Survey (HCS): Press Release Outlines Preliminary EBRI HCS Findings from EBRI 's Survey Which Examines Americans' Confidence in the Health Care System   Click here to go to a page with links to the Survey Questionnaire, a later press release, and Fact Sheets from the results of the survey:

  • Age Differences
  • Confidence in Health Care Today
  • Confidence in the Future of Health Care
  • Gender Differences
  • Health Status Differences
  • Medicare
  • Satisfaction with Managed Care
  • Managed Care Confusion

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What's new in employee benefits:

  • HR News Online -- a daily update from the Society for Human Resource Management

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(11/29/99) Axia Economics has posted numerous fulltext Online Resources such as published articles and working papers (mostly British) on Pensions, Taxation, and Labour Markets.

(11/26/99) Click here to read Assessing ERISA from a Participants' Perspective -- a guest article contributed to BenefitsLink by Karen W. Ferguson, Director of the Pension Rights Center.

(11/26/99) U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, on Nov. 23 at a panel on health care sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, spoke on decisions for health care for low-income families.

(11/24/99) The November 1999 Life/Health edition of Best's Review includes Project Tomorrow by Sally Whitney. "Actuaries predict we’ll live longer, spend more on health care and probably buy more annuities in the new millennium."  Links to related articles are provided from the introductory page:

  • Life Insurance Assets Will Grow Faster Than Policies in Force
  • More Costly Health Care on the Horizon
  • 20/20 Hindsight
  • Longer Lives Require More Care

(11/23/99) Matching Private Saving with Federal Dollars: USA Accounts and Other Subsidies for Saving by Pamela Perun is number 8 in the series, "The Retirement Project."

(11/22/99) Click here to read the New York Times article "Bill Expands Health Benefits for Disabled People Who Work" by Robert Pear.

(11/22/99) The Committee for Economic Development's report, New Opportunities for Older Workers, "is the first of its kind to combine an assessment of the economic strains imposed by an aging population with a policy agenda that would enable more older Americans to remain productively engaged in the workforce."

(11/22/99) The Social Investment Forum recently released 1999 Trends Report: 1999 Report on Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, which found that over $2 trillion is invested socially or environmentally.

(11/19/99) A survey finds most employers offer only basic policies to meet needs of working caregivers, the critically ill, and the bereaved.  Released July 14, 1999, the survey was conducted for the Workplace Task Force of Last Acts, a coalition of more than 370 organizations dedicated to improving end-of-life care.

(11/19/99) Click here to read The Cash Balance Plan Conversion: Can We Make Everybody Happy? by Daniel E. Kirner, Principal, DeFrain Mayer.

(11/17/99) Financing Long-Term Care in the Twenty-First Century: The Public and Private Roles by Mark Merlis is available online from The Commonwealth Fund.

(11/15/99) Click here to read a press release on the findings from a survey on defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans conducted among member companies of the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA).

(11/15/99) Click here for the Congressional Budget Office's November 1999, cost estimate of H.R. 65, Military Retirement Equity Act of 1999, as introduced on January 6, 1999.

(11/15/99) The Consortium for Research on Employee Benefits is a collective, ongoing database of employee benefits research. The database consists of submitted research from academics and other employee benefit researchers, research supported through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan's Grants for Research Program, synopses of research published in select employee benefits journals and links to other nonprofit or governmental employee benefits research. Research placed in the database covers 1990 to the present.

(11/12/99) "An ambitious Internet venture unveiled Monday in Washington seeks to provide the voting public with unfettered, "unfiltered" issue-specific messages from each of [the year] 2000 presidential candidates, as well as from those running for the House, Senate, and state governor's mansions next November.

FreedomChannel.com,  a comprehensive World Wide Web site launched by the Arlington, Virginia-based Freedom Forum, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Century Foundation, features an archive of 90-second video clips recorded by a number of presidential candidates speaking on a variety of hot-buttoncampaign issues." Click here for clips on Social Security reform.

(11/11/99) Click here for the chart of the Hewitt Annual Health Care Cost Increases: National Averages from the Hewitt Health Value Initiative. Click here for the press release.

(11/11/99) Key Issues Facing the Pharmaceutical and Health Care Products Industry is a report highlighting findings from the PricewaterhouseCoopers sixth annual survey of the pharmaceutical and health care products industry.

(11/11/99) The statement of Charles N. Kahn III, president of the Health Insurance Association of America, on "Substance Abuse Parity: Promoting Treatment Options" before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, House Committee on Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, October 21, 1999 contains an EBRI citation.

(11/11/99) "A High Price Prescription: Clinton's Medicare Drug Proposal" by Robert E. Moffit, Gail Wilensky, Howard Cohen, and Dwight Bartlet is from the Heritage Foundation Heritage Lectures series.

(11/10/99) "The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has made it possible for preferred provider organizations (PPOs) …to report on member satisfaction and consumer experiences using the same standardized survey instrument as HMOs -- the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPSO 2.0H)."

(11/10/99) Click here for the press release on a study by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) and the National Business Coalition for Health (NBCH) which suggests that most business coalitions -- regional, state and local groups of employers with common interests in health care coverage for their workers and dependent -- have processes in place that could be tapped to promote quality, just as their market power helped contain health care costs earlier this decade by encouraging the growth of managed care.

(11/10/99) At a press conference on October 7, 1999, Rep. Nick Smith announced eighteen findings of the House Budget Committee's Task Force on Social Security which should prevail in any reform proposal that becomes law. Click here for the press release, which includes a link to the findings.

(11/9/99) Stretching the Pension Dollar: Improving U.S. Retirement Security and National Saving by Enhancing Employer-Based Pension Plans is a study prepared by APPWP and the American Council for Capital Formation.

(11/9/99) How Federal Managed Care Legislation Affects You: A Comparison of Key Provisions in the Senate and House Bills on Managed Care is available from FamiliesUSA.

(11/8/99) A survey released by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and the Securities Industry Association (SIA) is available online:

(11/8/99) A Comparison of Revenue Provisions in H.R. 2990 As Passed by the House and the Senate is available from the Joint Committee on Taxation.

(11/8/99) "The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced that the maximum benefit it will guarantee for retirees in underfunded single- employer defined benefit plans that terminate in the year 2000 will be $3,221.59 per month, or $38,659.08 per year."

(11/8/99) The Travelers Insurance Company posts Pension Highlights. A recent edition includes a compact table of the year 2000 Cost-of-Living Adjustments showing the dollar cost of living adjustments (COLAs) that apply for various purposes to retirement plans or under Social Security.

(11/8/99) The New York State Insurance Department has posted the New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers to help consumers make decisions about their health insurance.

(11/5/99)The National Coalition on Health Care has posted Using the Federal Income Tax System to Expand Health Insurance Coverage: A Primer on the Issues by Steven D. Findlay and Joel E. Miller.

(11/5/99) Click here for the press release titled "National Survey Examines Employer Action Against the Threat of Breast Cancer: U.S. businesses challenged to improve workplace practices in seven areas by the year 2002."

(11/5/99) The Profit Sharing/ 401(k) Council of America provides the Measuring Results Worksheet, a tool designed to help companies with both the planning and measurement of employee retirement education programs.

(11/4/99) HealthCast 2010 is a view of the future of the healthcare industry from the healthcare practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

(11/3/99) The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released "Proposed Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information." Click below for:

(11/2/99) "Equity, Savings, and Growth" by Nancy Birdsall, Thomas C. Pinckney, Richard H. Sabot is The Center on Social and Economic Dynamics' Working Paper No. 8, October 1999.

(11/1/99) The Social Security Network Web site has added a new section on The President's Social Security Plan.

(11/1/99) President Clinton is proposing regulations on electronic medical records.

(11/1/99) Click here for a brief  comparison of the Democratic candidates' health reform proposals, plus figures from an independent analysis by Kenneth Thorpe of Emory University.

(11/1/99) A Quarter Century of Protecting Pension and Health Benefits by the Department of Labor commemorates 25 years of protecting pension and health benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

(11/1/99) The American Medical Association and six other physician groups announced their own health information Web site -- a new healthcare information site for consumers that will also function as a communications portal between MDs and patients.

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