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What's new at EBRI this month:

The EBRI Issue Brief and EBRI Notes for the month of October are available online for ordering. The October Issue Brief is entitled "Small Employers and the Challenge of Sponsoring a Retirement Plan: Results of the 1998 Small Employer Retirement Survey."   The October Notes articles include: "Beneficiaries with Dual Sources of Coverage" and "Recent Public Opinion Polls on Social Security."

The agenda for the December 2, 1998, EBRI-ERF Policy Forum, Beyond Ideology: Are Individual Social Security Accounts Feasible?

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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.
  • Click here for the latest available issue of the Washington Status Report from the research staff of Hewitt Associates.
  • Click here for the daily edition of the Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR News Online.

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(10/29/98) Click here for the press release on The Kaiser/Harvard National Survey on Medicare. Once on that page, you can link to the survey and the chart pack.

(10/29/98) Click here for "Employer-Provided Long-Term Care" by Mark E. Litow and David Gulland in Milliman & Robertson's Fall 1998 Perspectives: Current Issues in Employee Benefits.

(10/28/98) 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 1999 will be $3,051.14 per month, or $36,613.68 per year.

(10/28/98) Click here for a transcript of remarks made by the President and the Vice President at the roundtable discussion on women and retirement security at the White House October 27.

(10/26/98) IRS Announces 1999 Limitations Adjusted as Provided in Section 415(D) of the Internal Revenue Code (1R-1998-63).

(10/23/98) Click here for Trends in Mutual Fund Investing as of August 1998, according to the Investment Company Institute’s latest survey of the mutual fund industry.

(10/21/98) The VALIC Web site presents Retirement Planning for Women.

(10/20/98) The Social Security Administration has issued a press release announcing an increase of 1.3 percent in 1999 for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as a result of the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Other important 1999 Social Security information is included in a fact sheet.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced 1999 rates for the Medicare Part A deductible and Part B monthly premium. Click here for the HHS press release.

(10/16/98) How to Use the SEC to Find 401k Plan Info by Sean Hanna, July 9, 1998, is available on the 401kWire Web site. The site also has compiled an index of June 1998 filings available on the Edgar system.

(10/15/98) The National Academy of Social Insurance is producing briefs on Social Security and Medicare. Social Security Brief No. 3, September 1998, The Predictability of Retirement Income by Lawrence H. Thompson is available.

(10/15/98) Click here for the Montgomery, McCracken Analysis of Senate Bill 2416, the "Promoting Responsible Managed Care Act of 1998" (October 7, 1998) done for the Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans.

(10/13/98) The Nov./Dec. 1998, issue of ACA News carries this article: "Health Benefits and ERISA: An Overview," by Craig Copeland of EBRI.

(10/13/98) The U.S. Census Bureau has posted: Measuring 50 Years of Economic Change Using the March CPS.

(10/13/98) KPMG Peat Marwick's October issue of benefitsspectrum contains: "Defined Benefit Plans — The Link with Social Security Reform."

(10/8/98) Briefing Paper No. 40, The Working Poor and Social Security Privatization: Restoring the Opportunity to Save, by Carrie Lips of the Cato Project on Social Security Privatization, is available.

(10/7/98) The Commerce Department's Census Bureau has released the report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Income, 1993 to 1994, Moving Up and Down the Income Ladder, P70-65.

(10/6/98) The Brookings Institution published "America in Denial: The Public's View of the Future of Social Security," co-authored by Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Mollyann Brodie, and Flint Wainess, in the Summer 1998 Brookings Review.

(10/5/98) "Alzheimer's Disease Costs Business $33.3 Billion a Year in Caregiver Loss and Medical Expenses, Study Shows" -- commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association, the study was conducted by Ross Koppel of the University of Pennsylvania.

(10/2/98) The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has posted the following Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Highlights: "Health Insurance Coverage in America-1996" and "Job-Based Health Insurance 1987 and 1996."

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