The BenefitsLink Newsletter -
Welfare Plans Edition
October 20, 2000
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Understanding the Muddled -- HIPAA Requirements
Excerpt: "The administrative simplification provisions of HIPAA focus on four main areas: (A) ensuring privacy of certain patient information; (B) ensuring the security of electronic health information and electronic signatures; (C) standardizing electronic formats for certain transactions; and (D) creating national standard employer/provider identifiers. Each of these areas is discussed below." (Nixon Peabody LLP)
Economist Says Workers May Face Increases in Health Insurance Next Year
(Knight-Ridder / Tribune)
Democrats Slam GOP Health Tax Change
Excerpt: "House Republicans are making one of their top priorities for a year-end tax package a provision that would allow those who buy their own health insurance to deduct the cost of premiums from their taxes. But Democrats and some consumer groups say that the plan is an inefficient and potentially dangerous way to try to expand coverage." (Medscape; free registration required)
Report: Positions and Records of Candidates Bush and Gore on Health Care Issues
Side-By-Side Comparison of Candidates' Positions on Health Care Issues
New York Ranks HMOs by Number of Upheld Complaints
(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)
Graef Crystal: Lucent's McGinn May Get More Than He Deserves
Excerpt: "Lucent Technologies Inc.'s chief executive, Richard McGinn, ought to go without a cash bonus or an option grant for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Lucent's earnings per share for fiscal 2000 were 8 percent lower than the fiscal 1999 figure, based on results for the first three quarters and the company's fourth-quarter estimate. That's a terrible showing for the company, whose results are due Tuesday." (Graef Crystal, on Bloomberg.com)
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