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The BenefitsLink Newsletter -
Welfare Plans Edition

November 8, 2000

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Massachusetts Universal Health Care Coverage Proposition is Defeated
Excerpt: "Question 5 Health Care - 1,923 of 2,111 precincts (91 percent) - Yes: 1,121,192 (47 percent), No: 1,239,509 (53 percent)" (Boston.com)

Proxy disclosure required for company paid supplemental disability insurance for top management?

Health Insurance Relief Coming for Groups of One in Florida
Excerpt: "Florida's smallest small business owners-- sole proprietors-- will be eligible to purchase group health insurance or change insurance companies during a special "open enrollment" period from Dec. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2000. The coverage will take effect Feb. 1, 2001." (insure.com)

Employers Holding Steady On Contributions To Health Coverage
(Employee Benefit News)

It's Not Whether You Are in an HMO, It's Whether You Think You Are
Excerpt: "Survey results suggest that most people have negative attitudes about health maintenance organizations (HMOs), even members of HMOs who are satisfied with their own care. This Issue Brief illustrates how perceptions of HMOs may color peoples' ratings of their own health care." (Center for Studying Health System Change)

Republican Victory Might Boost HMO Stocks
(Reuters via Yahoo! News)

(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)

Ellen Schultz: Firm Deceived Retirees To Lower Benefit Costs
Excerpt: "Obtained by retirees suing [Varity Corp.], but never before made public, the documents are rarely seen blueprints that show how one company, aided by its benefits consultants, plotted to sharply reduce retiree medical coverage to give its balance sheet a boost." (Wall Street Journal)

Job Openings Newly Posted or Reposted on EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com

401(k)/DC Administratorfor Southern California Administrator
in CA
Pension Plan Administratorfor Benefit Associates, Inc.
in CA
Director/Manager, Defined Contribution Departmentfor The Angell Pension Group, Inc.
in RI
Health Management Design Consultantfor Hewitt Associates
in GA
Pension Consultants/Administratorsfor Northern NJ Mid-Size Pension Consulting Firm
in NJ
401(k) Pension Administratorfor The Pension Group, Inc.
in CA
Benefit Administration Associate-Multiple Locationsfor Towers Perrin
in NJ, VA
Actuaryfor Benetech, Inc.
in GA
Administratorfor Benetech, Inc.
in CA, CO, DC, GA, OH
ERISA Paralegal/Consultantfor The LAMCO Group, Inc.
in FL, NY, RI
Defined Contribution Administrator/Consultantfor The LAMCO Group, Inc.
in FL, NY, RI
Assistant Administrative Consultantfor Buck Consultants, A Mellon Consulting Firm
in NJ
Manager of Benefits, Health, Safety & Environmentfor Scientific Atlanta
in GA
Sales Coordinatorfor Manulife Financial
in CA

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