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Employee Benefits Jobs

Part Time On Call Participant Counselor
for Diversified in CA, DC, FL, IL, MI, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OR, TX, WI

Retirement Plan Sales Consultant
for Sheakley in OH

Retirement Plan Education Specialist
for The Newport Group in NC

Fund Analyst
for Diversified in NY

Disability Process Management Analyst
for Prudential in AZ, ME, NJ, PA

Director, Retirement Key Account Management
for Prudential in CA

Operations Manager
for Charles Schwab in TX

Retirement Plan Manager
for Trust Company of Illinois in IL

Team Manager, Cash Operations - Retirement Business Services
for Charles Schwab in TX

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Webcasts and Conferences

401(k)Rekon Advisor Symposium- Pittsburgh
in Pennsylvania on September 29, 2011 presented by 401(k) Rekon

Appeals and External Review for Self-Funded Health Plans: Where the Rules Stand Now
Nationwide on September 28, 2011 presented by EBIA / Thomson Reuters

Gateway St. Louis ASPPA Kick-off Meeting
in Missouri on September 7, 2011 presented by ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries)

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[Guidance Overview]
How to Comply with the ERRP's Maintenance-of-Contribution Requirement
"[Two sections of this article] discuss options for setting a baseline period for determining its contribution level before a plan can confirm it satisfies the maintenance-of-contribution requirement and methodologies for measuring maintenance of contributions . . . ." (The Segal Group, Inc.)

Certificate Series ∑ October 2011 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas   [Advert.]

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[Guidance Overview]
No Cost Sharing for Preventive Care: Where Can Group Health Plans Draw the Line?
"[T]here are situations in which a plan may impose a deductible, copay or coinsurance. For example, a plan may require cost sharing for a preventive care service: if the service is not recommended by the specified recommending body; if the service is covered and provided out-of-network; or during the implementation period allowed after a service gains 'recommended' status." (The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.)

[Guidance Overview]
State Insurance Exchanges Will Make Key Determinations on Eligibility
"Proposed regulations . . . describe the formidable duties the new state Exchanges will perform in executing two of their key functions: determining whether individuals are eligible to obtain health coverage through the Exchange, and whether those individuals qualify for any of the insurance affordability programs (e.g., premium tax credits, reduced cost-sharing)." (Deloitte via

A Simple Prompt for Employees to Make a Wellness-Related Plan of Action
"Wharton operations and information-management professor Katherine Milkman argues that in some situations, the solution is as simple as a design change to form-letter reminders." (Human Resource Executive Online)

HHS Lists States with External Review Processes Meeting Health Care Reform Standards
"External review processes for denied health claims meet federal standards in 33 states, but 23 states and territories lack acceptable procedures, according to an initial list issued . . . ." (Mercer LLC)

Why President Obama's Health Care Plan Missed the Mark
"A paradigm shift in health care has begun and traditional health insurance will become obsolete. Major health companies have recognized this but the Administration hasn't." ( LLC)

Benefits in General; Executive Compensation

Employee Benefits Developments, August 2011
Various rulings, opinions, and cases are summarized. (Hodgson Russ LLP)

Press Releases

ExpertPlan, Inc. Ranks No. 1913 on the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 135%

Offering Affiliated Funds Can Be Prudent For Fiduciaries Of Retirement Plans, Noted ERISA Attorney Concludes
(Great-West Retirement Services)

ERISA Resource: New Nationwide Financial Website Offers Access to ERISA Attorneys, Regulatory Education
(Nationwide Financial)

Integrated Benefits Institute Study Indicates Lost-time Benefits Programs Remain Stable In Spite of Economy
(Integrated Benefits Institute)

Expanding Client Relationships Drive Growth for Mercerís US Outsourcing Business

401kDIRECT Introduces Open Multiple Employer Plan

The Vitality Group Retains Health Benefits Expert Tom Lerche as Senior Vice President
(The Vitality Group)

Jonathan Dugas Joins The Vitality Group as Director of Clinical Development
(The Vitality Group) Expands Content on Stock Price Volatility To Help Investors And Stock Plan Participants
(, Inc)

TEXPERS Study: Defined Benefit Plans are Cost-Effective for Texas Public Employees
(Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS))

GlobalBridge Teams with Provident Trust Group to Integrate Life Settlements Into Traditional Retirement Portfolios
(GlobalBridge Inc.)

First American Financial Recognized as Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association
(First American Financial Corporation), Inc.
1298 Minnesota Avenue, Suite H
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Phone (407) 644-4146
Fax (407) 644-2151

Jeanette Hull, News Editor
David Rhett Baker, J.D., Editor and Publisher
Lois Baker, J.D., President
Holly Horton, Business Manager

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