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September 25, 2000
Healthcare Organization Websites Reach Out
Excerpt: "Most health plans agree that a presence on the Web is necessary to retain members and attract new ones by providing health-related and plan-specific information; enhance patient/provider relationships; motivate members to be better self-care managers; foster member interaction and business transactions with the plan; and promote disease management. But plans need to establish themselves on the Web for a more basic reason ... sheer survival." (Medscape; free registration required)
Health Plans for Domestic Partner Can Add to Tax Bill
(Los Angeles Times)
Ventura Would Ask For Proof Of Domestic Partnership
Excerpt: "If his administration moves forward with a plan to provide benefits for domestic partners of state employees, Gov. Jesse Ventura would demand proof of a committed relationship, he said Friday." (StarTribune.com)
Same-Sex Partners Win Health Coverage, But Benefit Brings A Bigger Tax Bite
Excerpt: "Gay couples could be looking at higher income tax bills if they take advantage of health care benefits that cover their domestic partners." (Detroit Free Press)
Working Paper: How Do Doctors Behave When Some (But Not All) of Their Patients Are in Managed Care?
(National Bureau of Economic Research)
Health Coverage on the Job: How Employers and Workers are Coping With the Latest Price Squeeze
Audio files from a presentation on September 18, 2000 (Alliance for Health Reform)
Political Stakes High Over Patients' Bill Of Rights Issue
Excerpt: "[Health Plan of Nevada] spokeswoman Jenny DesVaux Oakes said the HMO industry has been under a 'gray cloud' recently as politicians and the media focus on HMO horror stories. She said 'HMO bashing' has created a false impression that HMOs don't offer quality care. 'There has been so much criticism of our industry that we have fallen victim in a sense to all these anecdotes,' Oakes said. 'And we are in a position to have to constantly defend ourselves.'" (Las Vegas Sun)
(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)
Stock Options, Corporate Performance, and Organizational Change
Excerpts from a book presenting the first serious research on corporate performance and employee involvement at companies with broadly granted stock options. (National Center for Employee Ownership)
Five Web Sites Offer Help to Employees in Managing Stock Options
Excerpt: "Employees with stock options suddenly have lots of options for tracking, valuing and managing them on the Web. There are at least five sites devoted to employee stock options; most have popped up in the past few months." (SFGate.com)
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