Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter
January 7, 2010

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The Defined Contribution Plans Summit taking place February 24-25, 2010 in New York, NY is the perfect platform for corporate and public DC plans to hear from their plan sponsor peers, leading policymakers and top investment executives. Attendees will share ideas through tailored interactive roundtables, benchmark their DC plans through case studies, and network with fellow plan sponsors and investment professionals. For more information please visit


Medicare Part D: Taking Another Look at Employee Group Waiver Plans for Tax-Exempt Plan Sponsors (PDF)
2 pages. (Milliman)

Worksite Health Promotion: Principles, Resources, and Challenges (PDF)
6 pages. Excerpt: "The purpose of this essay is not to provide a research review or status report on worksite health promotion, as these are available elsewhere. Rather, the purpose is to remind us that successful worksite health promotion depends on the cooperation and collaboration of many different stakeholders and sectors. The importance of divergent groups working together is illustrated by examining the recent history of worksite health promotion and highlighting key underlying principles and information resources." (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

IRS Update of Dependent Care Materials for 2009 Tax Return Filings
Excerpt: "For taxpayers using a dependent care assistance program or claiming a dependent care tax credit, IRS has issued the 2009 Form 2441. Revised instructions to Form 2441 and updated guidance in Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, incorporate changes that describe the tax treatment of dependents whose parents are divorced, separated or living apart." (Mercer LLC)

Fact-Check on the Cadillac Health Care Plan Controversy

Excerpt: "'Cadillac Health Care Plans.' Even the phrase suggests gilt-edged insurance for Greedy Geezers at Goldman Sachs. No wonder the Senate wants to slap a tax on insurers and self-insured employers who offer over-the-top policies beginning in 2013. After all, plans that fetch more than $23,000 for families (or $8,500 for individuals) must encourage over treatment, right?" (The Century Foundation)

Some Perspective for Employers on Health Care Reform

Excerpt: "When one examines the two bills - the Senate Bill (HR 3590), called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the House Bill (HR 3962), called the Affordable Health Care for America Act - what becomes evident are six central truths for employers who offer group health plan coverage . . . ." (Infinisource) is where the best employers find the best candidates! is where the best employers find the  best candidates!

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Executive Compensation; Benefits in General

[Guidance Overview]
Bonus Features Affecting Year of Employer's Tax Deduction Addressed in IRS Memo

Excerpt: "When bonuses for services performed in one year are paid shortly after year-end, limiting the awards to employees still employed on the payment date may impair the employer's ability to deduct the bonuses in the year earned, a recent internal IRS memorandum notes." (Mercer LLC)

Summary of Non-TARP Related Executive Compensation Legislation in the 111th Congress (PDF)
15 pages. Excerpt: "This is a summary of federal legislation currently pending that may be relevant to employers." (Buck Consultants)

Milliman's Monthly Benefit News and Developments, January 2010 (PDF)
2 pages. The newsletter provides a summary of the previous month's legislative, regulatory, and judicial information on employee benefits and upcoming key dates. (Milliman)

Video and Text: Ann Combs of Vanguard Provides Perspective on Issues That Could Affect Shareholders, Sponsors, and Participants

Excerpt: "This is the first in a series of video conversations that focus on Vanguard's active role in Washington and provide an inside perspective on proposals that could affect shareholders, retirement plan sponsors, and plan participants. In this edition, Ann Combs, head of Vanguard Government Relations, discusses some proposals Congress is likely to consider in 2010, including financial services reform, a securities transaction tax, more stringent regulation of target-date funds, and changes to both fee disclosure requirements and regulations governing the delivery of advice." (The Vanguard Group, Inc.)

Webcasts and Conferences

Mid-Sized Retirement & Pension Plan Management Conference
in California on March 7, 2010
presented by University Conference Services

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Press Releases

U.S. Labor Department Sues Fiduciary of ERISA-covered Plan Sponsored by Lansing, Michigan-based Company
U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

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