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August 1, 2000

Tax Court: California Doctors Lose Deductions to Purported VEBA, Liable for Penalties (PDF)
Neonatology Associates, P.A. v. Commr., 115 T.C. No. 5 (July 31, 2000). (United States Tax Court)

Health, United States: 2000
Thick report includes information on health care coverage, including Table 130, "Private health insurance by health maintenance organization (HMO) and other types of coverage according to selected characteristics: United States, selected years 1989-97," and life expectancy tables. (National Center for Health Statistics)

Web Site of the National Center for Health Statistics
This site is packed with data (natch!), including information on medical care benefits provided by governmental and private employers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

The Presidential Election: A Health Care Muddle
Excerpt: "Health care has emerged as the most important issue this election year, but voters disagree on which health care problem the next president should work hardest to solve, according to a poll by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University." (Washington Post)

(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)

Moving to the Paperless HR Department: The New Electronic Signature Law's Potential
Guest article by Martha Priddy Patterson. "Employers wanting to move to a paperless human resources department could come very close to that goal, especially for 401(k) plans, under the newly enacted Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. This new law allows us to sweep away at least three millennia of the burden of writing and return to the days when an 'X' served as an individual's witness to be bound by his or her pledges. The act applies to far more than mere signatures." (Thompson Publishing Group)

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