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January 3, 2002 - 6,403 subscribers
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Colorado Governor May Propose Plan to Help Firms Purchase Health Insurance
Excerpt: "Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R) said on Jan. 2 that he may propose a plan that would provide tax credits to help companies purchase health insurance for employees and reduce state requirements on health coverage to 'make it more affordable,' the AP/Denver Rocky Mountain News reports." (KaiserNetwork.org)

Medicare Chartbook Published
Excerpt: "This Chart Book includes data and background information critical to understanding the Medicare program and the challenges it faces in keeping up with the rising costs of health care and in ensuring the program's future financial security." (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Opinion: the Health Care Fade
Excerpt: "The past year began with heady talk of major health care reform-- efforts both to reduce the number of uninsured and to strengthen the nation's largest insurance program, Medicare, in part by adding a badly needed prescription drug benefit.... [B]oth prospects have largely disappeared from view, together with the budget surplus that was supposed to help finance them." (Washington Post)

Sen. John Breaux Calls for Federal Government to Support Universal Health Insurance
Excerpt: "Breaux said that individuals getting their insurance through employers is an 'archaic concept.' 'You should be able to pick your health insurance,' he said." (The [Baton Rouge, La.] Advocate)

Career Changes Surge In Wake of September 11
Excerpt: "Maybe they were riding high in promising careers but lamenting their workaholic lives. Whatever their professional mind-set, the collapse of the World Trade Center provided a swift and dramatic reminder that life is fleeting and work isn't all there is." (CareerJournal.com)

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Newly Posted Conferences (Post Yours!)
P&I Defined Contribution/401(k) Conferencein FL on February 24, 2002
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IBF's Employer's Summit On Health Carein VA on March 13, 2002
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Newly Posted Press Releases
New Year Means New Opportunity to Change Commuting Habits (American Public Transportation Association)

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