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June 22, 2006
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Don't miss the 2006 Western Benefits Conference!

The famed Bellagio Hotel is the site of this year's WBC, held July 16-19. Sponsored by the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and ASPPA, there are more than 50 educational sessions on retirement, health, welfare, fiduciary issues and more plus networking activities such as an exhibit hall, golf outing, Sunday reception and entertainment on Monday evening.

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CalPERS Hikes HMO Premiums by 11.6% for 2007
Excerpt: "CalPERS said key factors impacting 2007 pricing include increased medical provider payment demands, higher drug costs, an aging population and a growing number of people with chronic conditions." (Business Insurance; one-time registration required)

White Paper: Redefining and Reforming Health Care for the Last Years of Life (PDF)
5 pages. Excerpt: "Americans today can expect longer and healthier lives, but most of them will spend their last few years living with disabilities or chronic illnesses. These changes are straining the U.S. health care system, which did not develop in the context of needing to serve large numbers of chronically ill and disabled elderly individuals." (RAND Health)

Ultra-Low Prices for Some Brand-Name Drugs Worry Generic Makers
Excerpt: "Consumer advocates typically cheer lower prices but in this instance they worry that a short term benefit for patients will ultimately result in long term problems.... Tim Heady, the CEO of UnitedHealth's pharmacy benefit management arm, said this is the first time a generic has ever cost more than a brand but expects more such deals in the future." (AP via Yahoo! News)

Newly Posted Events
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Labor Department Sponsors Tucson Workshop on Federal Pension and Health Law
in Arizona on August 1, 2006
presented by U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Newly Posted Press Releases
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ASPPA Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF) Examinations to Replace PA Examinations Effective Midnight, June 30, 2006
(ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries))

Blue Cross of California Launches BMI Training and Promotion Program to Make Childhood Obesity Screening a Statewide Standard
(Blue Cross of California)

Nation's Insurance Commissioners Help Consumers Cope With Cost, Confusion Regarding Health Insurance
(National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC))

Newly Posted or Renewed Job Openings
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Account Executive- Philadelphia
for Transamerica
in PA

401(k) Administrator
for Continental Benefits Group, Inc.
in NJ

Data Project Administrator
for Vanguard
in PA

TPA Relationship Manager - South East Region
for Transamerica
in GA

Pension Administration Analyst-Entry
for Hewitt Associates
in GA

VP, Retirement Plans Product Manager
for J & W Seligman & Co Incorporated
in NY

Cafeteria Plan Administrator (Section 125)
for Polycomp Administrative Services (Roseville, CA)
in CA

Retirement Program Manager - DB, DC, and NQP Plans
for Vanguard
in PA

Assistant Plan Administrator
for Compensation Planning, Inc.
in OK

Pension Administrator
for Andraos Capital Management
in CA

Daily Valuation Recordkeeper
for Associates in Excellence
in CA

TOC Design Consultant Advanced
for Hewitt Associates
in IL

Associate Account Manager, Human Resource Services
for Paychex
in NY

Plan Analyst
for McGraw Wentworth - Group Benefits Broker/Consultant
in MI

Account Manager
for McGraw Wentworth - Group Benefits Broker/Consultant
in MI

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