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February 1, 2002 - 6,414 subscribers
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Sending Letter to Employee Via Certified Mail Met COBRA Requirement, Fifth Circuit Says
Excerpt: "Sprint Corp. met the notification requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act when it sent a letter to a former employee via certified mail detailing the employee's COBRA rights, even though the company knew the employee did not actually receive the letter, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Jan. 28 (Degruise v. Sprint Corp., 5th Cir., No. 00-31320, 1/28/02)." (Society for Human Resource Management)

DOL Press Release: Mental Health Parity Act Extended to December 31, 2002
Excerpt: "On January 10, 2002, President Bush signed H.R. 3061 (Pub. L. 107-116, 115 Stat. 2177), the 2002 Appropriations Act for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This legislation includes a provision that extends the original sunset date under the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA) [to December 31, 2002]." (U.S. Department of Labor)

Bush Plan Would Extend Medical Coverage to Unborn
Excerpt: "States would be able to define a fetus as a child eligible for health insurance coverage under proposed rules to be issued by the Bush administration. The controversial policy would allow states, under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), to extend medical coverage to pregnant women and their unborn children." (Medscape; free registration required)

Kaiser Foundation's Healthweek: Medicare Prescription Drugs
Excerpt: "With the national debate over a Medicare prescription drug benefit resurfacing, ten million seniors lack insurance coverage to help pay their prescription drug bills.... The newest segment of HealthWeek looks at the challenges facing seniors without drug coverage and describes how some states are helping to fill this critical gap." (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

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What You Can Count On Now: Trends in Retirement and Health Benefits
Excerpt: "Personal retirement funds may be getting a heavy beating from the stock market and layoffs, but the value that employees place in their nest eggs hasn't diminished." (CNN Money)

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