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May 12, 2006
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Small Business Health Insurance Stalls in Senate
Excerpt: "A bill to give small businesses a cheaper option when providing health insurance stalled in the Senate [yesterday]. Under the proposal endorsed by President Bush, businesses could buy insurance through regional or national trade associations. The insurance would be free of many state mandates." (AP via HoustonChronicle.com)

Medicare's Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance (PDF)
8 pages. Excerpt: "Each year, the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds report to Congress on the trust funds' financial condition. .... This issue brief examines more closely the findings of the Trustees' Report. The American Academy of Actuaries' Medicare Steering Committee concludes that the Medicare program faces serious short-term and long-term financing problems." (American Academy of Actuaries)

Employers Not Doing All Possible to Manage Health Care Costs, According to Survey
Excerpt: "In summarizing the [Health Care Expectations] survey findings, Hewitt Associates said, though employers expressed [cost increases are] a major issue for them, only 32% report having a written health care strategy to manage the expense." (PLANSPONSOR.com: one-time registration required)

Michigan Senate OKs Healthy Behavior Incentives
Excerpt: "Small employers in Michigan would be able to offer financial incentives to employees to encourage healthy behaviors, under legislation approved this week by the state Senate." (Business Insurance)


Links to Items on Executive Comp, Benefits in General

Hewitt Federal Legislation Quick Guide Updated as of May 9, 2006
Excerpt: "Hewitt's Federal Legislation Quick Guide provides short updates on federal legislation that is currently under active consideration by Congress or has recently been enacted into law regarding health and welfare benefit plans, retirement plans, and human resources and employment law." (Hewitt Associates)


Newly Posted Events
(Post Yours!)

Executive Briefing on Employee Benefits
in District of Columbia on June 6, 2006
presented by Bingham McCutchen LLP, UBS, Beers & Cutler, Legacy Partners


Newly Posted Press Releases
(Post Yours!)

BOLI Ownership Popular Among Quality Community Financial Institutions
(The Todd Organization)

CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Adds John Hancock Funds to Retirement Platform
(CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc.)

Investment Flexibility and Meaningful Cost Savings are Key to Winning Total Retirement Outsourcing Business
(Chatham Partners)


Newly Posted or Renewed Job Openings
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National Account Manager - Retirement : AIM Investments
for AIM Investments - Houston TX
in TX

Regional Account Manager, #0601434
for John Hancock
in MA

Regional Marketing Director,TPA Services (#0601288)
for John Hancock
in MA

Self-Direct Brokerage Product Manager
for Merrill Lynch
in NJ

Integrated Benefits Product Manager
for Merrill Lynch
in NJ

PAS Representative
for Wachovia
in MN

Benefit Analyst/Consultant (Travel Required)
for CCA Strategies
in CO, GA, IL, MA, TX

VPs Sales - Employee Benefits (producer)
for CBIZ
in CA

Vice President/Retirement Plan Manager
for Merrill Lynch
in NJ

Enrolled Actuary
for Angell Pension Group, Inc.
in CT, MA, RI

Regional Sales Director
for New York Life Investment Management LLC
in NJ

Benefits Analyst
for The Estee Lauder Companies
in NY




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