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August 6, 2008

Here are the Web's best new links about compliance and cost aspects of plan operation, design and policy.

Today's sponsor is International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

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Getting Social Security Disability Payments Can Be a Fight to The Death
Excerpt: "The crest of baby boomers has reached prime age for disabilities and now slams Social Security offices." (AARP)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Faces $13.3b Healthcare Bill for Retirees
Excerpt: "The state must come up with about $200 million a year for the next 20 years to pay off an estimated $13.3 billion in looming healthcare costs for its retirees, according to a stark new report . . . ." (Boston Globe)

Worker's Positive Drug Test While on FMLA Leave not Grounds for Benefits Denial
Excerpt: "A state of Ohio appellate court has thrown out a decision by the Industrial Commission of Ohio denying an employee who tested positive for cocaine temporary total disability compensation." (; free registration required)

San Francisco Pushes Legislation to Promote Good Health
Excerpt: "Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid. And that's only the city's latest effort to make us all healthier. The supervisors also voted to require chain restaurants to post nutritional information, including calories and fat content, on menus." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Increased Popularity of Medical Tourism Affects Health Care Provider Revenue
Excerpt: "More U.S. patients have begun to travel abroad or visit retail clinics for medical services, practices that could reduce expenses for consumers and health insurers but also could cost physicians and hospitals billions of dollars in revenue annually, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports." (Kaiser Family Foundation)

[Opinion] Make Original Medicare the Foundation for Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "[O]riginal Medicare stands as a shining example of a needs-based program that has consistently served the public interest. Despite being weakened by privatizing, it gives us a solid foundation for real health care reform, when access to necessary health care is even more difficult than in the 1960s. It is time to expand Medicare as a social insurance program for all Americans through a single risk pool of all 300 million of us. This is the most efficient, fair and sustainable way to insure us all against the costs of illness and injury, coupled with the strengths of our private delivery system." (Seattle Post Intelligencer via California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee)

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Newly Posted Events
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19th Annual National Institute on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Responding to Change
in Virginia on October 27, 2008
presented by ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits

2009 Business Management Conference (2009BMC)
in Arizona on January 10, 2009
presented by National Institute of Pension Administrators

2009 NIPA Annual Forum & Expo (2009NAFE)
in Nevada on April 26, 2009
presented by National Institute of Pension Administrators

Investments and Fees: The New Disclosure Regulation - 11:00 a.m. ET
Nationwide on August 19, 2008
presented by SunGard Relius

Newly Posted Press Releases
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ExpertPlan Unveils ExpertNvest: First Fully-Managed, Independent 401(k) Plan Solution

Treasury, IRS Issue Ruling Preventing Certain Pension Transfers
U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service

New Interactive Webcasts Allow for Team Building and Skill Checking
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Benefit Plans Plus Launches Fiduciary Health Check
Benefit Plans Plus

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Defined Contribution/401(k) Administrator
for Boyce & Associates, Inc.
in AZ

Defined Benefit Consultant / Administrator
for Boyce & Associates, Inc.
in AZ

Pension Administrator
for Alliance Pension Consultants, LLC
in IL

Trust Associate II
for Wachovia
in MN

Retirement Services Analyst I
for 32BJ Benefit Funds
in NY

Pension Administrator DB/DC
for Laiken Associates, Inc.
in NY

for R-Tech Consultants, Inc.
in CA

Director, Client Relations
for Delta Health Systems
in CA

Client Service Rep
for The Gus Bates Company
in TX

EB Record Keeper/Tester
for Wachovia
in MN

Defined Benefit Actuary II
for The Standard
in OR

401(k) / Defined Contribution Administrator
for Pension Investors Corp.
in FL

Compliance Testing Consultant
for Diversified Investment Advisors
in NY

Investment Advisor Representative
for The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
in FL, GA

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