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August 29, 2008

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

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[Guidance Overview] CMS Summary of Proposed Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements
Excerpt: "This issue summarizes information recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the implementation of new data-collection rules that will affect employer-sponsored group health plans starting January 1, 2009." (The Segal Group, Inc.)

Healthier Consumers, Customers and Communities: The Hannaford Dynamic (PDF)
4 pages. Excerpt: "This issue of our 2008 Perspectives series looks at how Hannaford Supermarkets used a 'quality paradigm' -- focusing on quality care, efficiency, evidence-based medicine and cost control to dramatically lower its health care spend while lifting employee satisfaction and perception of quality." (Towers Perrin)

Health Plans Work to Counter Ailing Enrollment Among Small Employers Jolted by Economy
Excerpt: "Since September, the percentage of small employers that don't offer health coverage has jumped from 29% to 34%, according to the 2008 American Express OPEN Spring Monitor, a semiannual survey of small-business owners. And over the past six months, 20% of employers say they have been shopping for a new carrier to secure a better rate. Several publicly traded health plans say they are feeling the hit." (

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[Guidance Overview] Employee Benefits Update, August 2008 (PDF)
6 pages. The newsletter covers select compliance deadlines, retirement plan developments, and health and welfare plan developments. (Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.)

[Guidance Overview] Certain Year-End and Early 2009 Deadlines Approaching for Retirement and Welfare Benefit Plans
Excerpt: "As the end of the calendar year fast approaches, sponsors of retirement and welfare benefit plans should review those plans (including the administration of those plans) to make sure such plans are (or will be) in compliance with year-end and early 2009 requirements." (Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC)

Updated Data: Number of Deaths per 100,000, by State
Data may be viewed by bar graph, table, map, map and table. (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Newly Posted Events
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Ask the Experts A Roundtable Forum
in Illinois on September 25, 2008
presented by WEB - Chicago West

The Challenge of Obesity for Policy Makers: Recommendations for the Next Administration Webcast
Nationwide on August 29, 2008
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Newly Posted Press Releases
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Connecture, Inc. Named in Inc. Magazine's 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies for the Second Year
Connecture, Inc.

Benefits Roundtable Launches My Benefits Coach
Corporate Executive Board

New Book Released: "Fixing the 401k"
Greenspring Wealth Management

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Pension Administrator
for Associated Pension Consultants
in CA

Plan Document Specialist
for American National Insurance Company
in TX

Client Relationship Manager
for Merrill Lynch
in CO, NJ

Regional Director
for The Newport Group
in CA

Qualified Plan Administrator
for DST Systems
in MO

Pharmacy Consultant
for Towers Perrin
in CA

Client Service Consultant - Regional
for The Standard
in CA

Client Service Consultant - Regional
for The Standard
in TX

Pharmacy Consultant
for Towers Perrin
in NY

Compliance Paralegal
for National Financial Partners
in TX

DC / 401(k) Compliance Consultant
for The Savitz Organization
in DE, NJ, PA

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