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April 10, 2000

New from EBRI: Executive Summary of Issue Brief No. 220, Employer-Sponsored Long-Term Care Best Practices
(Employee Benefit Research Institute)

Employee Portals: A New Employee Benefit
Excerpt: "The folks at perksatwork.com say you can help keep employees happy by providing the firm with an employee portal, a destination that offers a balance of company news and social life planning, including discounts of up to 53 percent from about 125 vendors." (Internet.com)

Maine Governor Has Final Say on Patients' Bill of Rights
Excerpt: "A 'patients' bill of rights' that would give consumers the right to sue their HMOs has been approved by both houses of the Legislature and will be dropped on the desk of an opponent, Gov. Angus King." (https://benefitslink.com/articles/955381861.html)

Military Retirees Seek Free Medical Care; Congress Says No
Excerpt: "Elderly military retirees have trooped to Capitol Hill in droves and bombarded legislators with e-mails in recent weeks, demanding the free medical care they say they were promised long ago. But despite such pitched lobbying, prospects of getting what they want are dimming, according to congressional leaders." (Scripps Howard News Service)

Retiring Retirement
Excerpt: "Retirement did not exist before the 20th century ... But in an age when retirement (and early retirement) is the norm, Americans ironically are living to riper, older ages. Those two facts combined raise questions about the nation's understanding of retirement." (IntellectualCapital.com)

Social Security Retirement Planner - New Online Service from Social Security Administration
Includes online calculators that estimate your Social Security retirement benefit. (Social Security Administration)

Social Security Incentives for Retirement
Excerpt: "We present a detailed analysis of the incentives that Social Security provides for continued work at older ages." (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper)

Managed Care Reform Roadblocks
Excerpt: "Scheduling delays and missed deadlines are just two of the roadblocks facing the House-Senate managed-care reform conference as it tries to hammer out compromise legislation on a comprehensive patients' bill of rights." (DrKoop.com)

The Future of Retirement
Excerpt: "Have we outgrown retirement? Our roundtable explores what's ahead for Canadians and the culture of entitlement." (Benefits Canada)

Defined Contribution Plan Summit: The State of DC Plans in Canada
Excerpt: "There were three recurring themes throughout the summit: the need to consistently repeat communications to plan members; in the absence of regulation, employers want to know what steps they can take to protect themselves from liability; and advice--should employers offer it to plan members?" (Benefits Canada)

Anatomy of a Savings Plan Redesign: Ford Motor Company of Canada
Excerpt: "Four key areas needed to be addressed to modernize the plan to fit with current practices: more investment options, a quicker response time, a spousal RRSP and more information on statements." (Benefits Canada)

A New Approach to Disability Management
Excerpt: "But despite supportive cost data and buy-in from employees and a variety of third parties, workplace disability programs are experiencing mixed successes. Too often disability management programs are narrow in focus, and many barriers to return-to-work are not being identified." (Benefits Canada)

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