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Welfare Plans Edition

October 17, 2000
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Insurance Pools Offer Choices for Small Firms
Excerpt: "Today, a growing number of businesses with as few as two full-time workers can offer their employees a lengthy menu of health plans from which to choose their coverage. They do it by participating in what are known as consumer-choice health purchasing groups, two of which are now operating in California." (Sacramento Bee)

Eyes on New HMO California Regulatory Agency
Excerpt: "Daniel Zingale [recently marked] his 100th day in office as head of a new state agency charged with policing HMOs and protecting the nearly 23 million Californians who belong to such plans." (Los Angeles Times)

(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)

Soc. Sec. ID Privacy Bill Considered
Excerpt: "[Congressman Judd] Gregg's proposal, included in the annual spending bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments, would make it illegal to give out a Social Security number over the Internet or in any other form without a the number-holder's permission." (Associated Press, via Yahoo!)

Social Security Saves Money By Offering Services On Its Website
Excerpt: "[P]eople have been asking for electronic services, so the agency is offering them. But the agency also benefits-- it costs a lot less to handle the material online with the Internet than it does face-to-face or over the phone. A new monthly online newsletter from the agency, for example, already has 100,000 subscribers. Mailing it would cost millions, but doing it over the Internet costs $25,000 a year." (Las Vegas Sun)

New issue online of the Pension & Benefits Update email newsletter by Tax Analysts - Part 2 of 2
October 16, 2000 issue (Tax Analysts, Inc.--see www.taxbase.org)

New issue online of the Pension & Benefits Update email newsletter by Tax Analysts - Part 1 of 2
October 16, 2000 issue (Tax Analysts, Inc.--see www.taxbase.org)

Job Openings Newly Posted or Reposted on EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com

Manager of Administrationfor Benetech, Inc.
in OH
Retirement Operations Specialistfor LPL Financial Services
in CA
Manager, Employee Benefits Servicesfor Universal Studios
in CA
Employee Benefits Relationship Managerfor SunTrust Bank, Inc.
in DC, VA
Pension Analystsfor Unifi Network/PricewaterhouseCoopers
in IL, NJ
Consultantfor New York Life Benefit Services LLC
in MA

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