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The following articles were posted in 2006.

Diagnosing the Ills of Health-Care Coverage

Employee-benefits experts say there is no immediate end in sight to continual increases in health-care premiums, and a lot of people are to blame for that.

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Posted on October 26, 2006 by JANE C. PARIKH, KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

For Employees, Benefits Need Closer Scrutiny

In these trying times, employees must understand and make smart choices in benefits such as health and disability insurance. Despite a volatile stock market, they should also continue to contribute to a diversified mix of investments in their retirement plans.

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Posted on September 16, 2006 by Andrew Leckey, Chicago Tribune

Key Single Employer Defined Contribution Provisions of HR 4: The Pension Protection Act of 2006 ("PP

By Gary Kushner, SPHR, CBP
President and CEO, Kushner & Company

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Posted on September 01, 2006

New Guidance on Debit Cards

By Ben Cohen, CEBS
Practice Leader - Health and Welfare Benefits

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Posted on September 01, 2006

IRS Issues Final Health Savings Account (HSA) "Comparability" Regulations

By Gary Kushner, SPHR, CBP
President and CEO, Kushner & Company

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Posted on August 01, 2006

Strategic Thinking in Employee Benefits: Is your patchwork quilt too big, too small, or just right?

By Ben Cohen, CEBS
Practice Leader - Health and Welfare Benefits

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Posted on July 01, 2006

A New Way to Save for Retirement: Roth 401(k) and Roth 403(b) Accounts

Beginning in 2006, employers sponsoring 401(k) or 403(b) plans have the opportunity to offer participants Roth after-tax contribution to existing 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

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Posted on July 01, 2006 by GARY B. KUSHNER, SPHR, CBP, PRESIDENT AND CEO

Departure Plans

Educating employees about retirement planning is an area where you need high touch more than high tech.

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Posted on June 30, 2006 by LIN GRENSING-POPHAL, HR MAGAZINE

Time to Take Benefits Off Autopilot

By Stephen Miller
SHRM HR Week

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Posted on June 01, 2006

Employee Benefits - More Choices Ahead

From health care to retirement to work/life issues, employers are increasingly challenged as cost pressures run headlong into a changing workforce with rising expectation. To make sense of where things stand and what HR professional should do, Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, president of Kushner & Company in Portage, Mich., provided a look at “Current and Future Trends in Employee Benefits” at SHRM’s Annual Conference.

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Posted on May 31, 2006 by Stephen Miller, SHRM HR Week

Popular...but Cheap

By Kris Maher, Staff Reporter
Wall Street Journal

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Posted on May 11, 2006

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Dependent Care Expenses

By Ben Cohen, CEBS
Practice Leader - Health and Welfare Benefits

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Posted on May 01, 2006

Prescription Drug Plans: Medicare Part D Requirements

By Gary Kushner, SPHR, CBP
President and CEO, Kushner & Company

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Posted on May 01, 2006

More Good News on Health Savings Accounts: DOL Rules HSAs Not ERISA Plans

By Gary Kushner, SPHR, CBP
President and CEO, Kushner & Company

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Posted on May 01, 2006

Clarifying the HIPAA Compliance Confusion: What Do You Need to Do?

By 2004 all group health plans will be required to implement HIPAA privacy protections, policies, procedures and authorizations to protect individual’s health information.

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Posted on April 13, 2006 by BEN COHEN, CEBS, PRACTICE LEADER, HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS

Health Savings Accounts: More IRS Guidance

By Gary Kushner, SPHR, CBP
President and CEO, Kushner & Company

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Posted on March 29, 2006

Analysis of Marsh & McLennan Charges

In light of the charges facing March & McLennan, employers will want to follow certain steps be sure they are receiving the best possible benefits coverage at the most reasonable rates.

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Posted on March 28, 2006 by GARY B. KUSHNER, SPHR, CBP, PRESIDENT AND CEO

Gen Y Workforce: Adapting Management Skills for the New Millennium

They are team players, who thrive on building relationships, crave responsibility and information, but above all demand flexibility from their employers. They are Generation Y - arguably one of the most daunting challenges facing human resource managers today.

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Posted on March 23, 2006 by Carol Radice, Grocery Headquarters Magazine

Health Care Plans: Demographics, Laws, Power of Marketplace Expected to Buffet Employer Health Costs

By Susan Hobbs
Bureau of National Affairs

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Posted on March 16, 2006

Recipes for Part-time Benefits

By Bill Leonard
HR Magazine

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Posted on March 01, 2006

Strategies for Building a Better Benefits Program

By Accounting Office IOMA
Institute of Management & Administration

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Posted on March 01, 2006

What You Can Count On Now

By Leslie Haggin Geary, and Michael Powe
CNN Money

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Posted on February 01, 2006

Default Investment Elections Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006

Designed to assist plans with automatic enrollment and participant investment direction, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 lays out new regulations protecting plan fiduciaries from liability.

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Posted on January 31, 2006 by GARY B. KUSHNER, SPHR, CBP, PRESIDENT AND CEO

401(k) What's Wrong?

After Enron’s implosion, roughly $1 billon evaporate from the company’s 401(k), causing lawmakers and regulators to shine a light on these plans and draft laws to protect them.

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Posted on January 22, 2006

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