Public Sector Letters

October 2014

October 2014 Public Sector Letter, "Actuarial Funding Policy Guidance: Comparison of Recommendations Reveals Considerable Consensus — and a Few Notable Differences"
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July 2014

July 2014 Public Sector Letter, "Implications for Plan Sponsors of Obesity’s Designation as a Disease"
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April 2014

April 2014 Public Sector Letter, "Communicating Change Effectively Requires Taking Control"
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November 2013

November 2013 Public Sector Letter, “Expanding Wellness Programs Beyond Information: Why It’s Time and How to Measure the Return on Investment”
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September 2013

September 2013 Public Sector Letter, “How to Talk to Employees About the Affordable Care Act”
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December 2012

December 2012 Public Sector Letter, “Gearing Up to Comply with GASB’s New Accounting Standards for Public Sector Pension Plans and Sponsoring Employers”
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June 2012

July 2012 Public Sector Letter, "Emerging Strategies for Managing the Cost of Prescription Drug Coverage"
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April 2012

April 2012 Public Sector Letter, "A Roadmap for Meeting All Stakeholders’ Needs when Reviewing Retirement Plan Design"
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November 2011

November 2011 Public Sector Letter, "Planning a Successful Pension Funding Policy"
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June 2011

June 2011 Public Sector Letter, "Actual Cost vs. Market Price: Does Market Valuation of Pension Liabilities Fit the Public Sector?"
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February 2011

February 2011 Public Sector Letter, "Genetic Testing Causes Concern for Plan Sponsors"
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March 2010

March 2010 Public Sector Letter, "Managing Through Fiscal Stress: Voluntary Benefits Expand Coverage Options"
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April 2009

April 2009 Public Sector Letter, "Managing Through Fiscal Stress: Avoiding Health Plan Side Effects During an Economic Recession"
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March 2009

March 2009 Public Sector Letter, Managing Through Fiscal Stress: Reductions in Force
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January 2009

January 2009 Public Sector Letter, "Market Value Liability and Public Pension Plans: A Continuing Controversy"
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June 2008

June 2008 Public Sector Letter, "Total Health Management: A Targeted Approach to Improving the Quality of Care and Ensuring Appropriate Utilization"
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November 2007

November 2007 Public Sector Letter, "In Search of OPEB Remedies: Good Medicine Includes Managing Retiree Health Costs"
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August 2007

August 2007 Public Sector Letter, "Retiree Health Care: Implications of OPEB Liabilities"
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June 2007

June 2007 Public Sector Letter, "Strengthening the Safety Net: Strategies for Improving the Stop-Loss Coverage that Provides Protection from Large Claims Costs"
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May 2007

May 2007 Public Sector Letter, "Scrutinizing DC Plan Fees and Expenses for Transparency, Awareness and Disclosure"
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December 2006

December 2006 Public Sector Letter, "Providing Clarity Amid Confusion: Communicating Medicare Part D Choices"
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September 2006

September 2006 Public Sector Letter, "Designing a Retiree Rx Strategy for 2007 and Beyond"
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June 2006

June 2006 Public Sector Letter, "Safeguarding Private Information in the Public Sector: The Importance of Security Audits"
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June 2005

June 2005 Public Sector Letter, "New Coverage Choices and Cost-Management Options: Developments Affecting Public Sector Prescription Drug Plans"
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March 2005

March 2005 Public Sector Letter, "A Return to Actuarial Solvency: 'Financial Engineering' for Public Sector Pension Plans"
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October 2004

October 2004 Public Sector Letter, "Absence Management Strategies in the Public Sector"
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April 2004

April 2004 Public Sector Letter, "Complying with the HIPAA Security Rules: The Countdown Begins"
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February 2004

February 2004 Public Sector Letter, "DROP Update: The Latest Variations on a Popular Theme"
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September 2003

September 2003 Public Sector Letter, "Achieving Win-Win Negotiations in Troubled Economic Times: The Pivotal Role of Labor-Management Committees"
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July 2003

July 2003 Public Sector Letter, "Confronting a Considerable - and Growing - Challenge in the Public Sector: Affording Retiree Health Coverage"
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April 2003

April 2003 Public Sector Letter, "A Three-Pronged Approach to Managing Health Costs"
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December 2002

December 2002 Public Sector Letter, "Reaping Rewards: The Benefits of Conducting Regular Reviews of Defined Contribution Plan Design and Service-Provider Performance"
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November 2002

November 2002 Public Sector Letter, "Strategies for Navigating the "Perfect Retirement Benefit Storm'"
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June 2002

June 2002 Public Sector Letter, "Confronting Tyrannosaurus Rx: Strategies for Health Plans Being Devoured by Rampaging Prescription Drug Costs"
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February 2002

February 2002 Public Sector Letter, "Providing Public Sector Services in a Time of Change: The Total Rewards Perspective"
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December 2000

December 2000 Public Sector Letter, "Win-Win Strategies for Handling Paid Time Off, Part II: Paid Time-Off Programs"
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November 2000

November 2000 Public Sector Letter, "Win-Win Strategies for Handling Paid Time Off, Part I: Disability Management"
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June 2000

June 2000 Government Employees Benefits Update, "A Prescription for Treating the High Cost of Drug Coverage: PBM Reviews and Follow-up"
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February 2000

February 2000 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Pay-for-Performance in the Public Sector"
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July 1999

July 1999 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Taking a Closer Look at Prescription Drug Benefits"
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May 1999

May 1999 Government Employees Benefits Update, "What Changes in the CPI Might Mean for Public Retirement Systems and their Retirees"
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September 1998

September 1998 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Charting a Course and Staying Alert at the Helm: Strategic Planning for State and Local Government Plans"
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July 1998

July 1998 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Long-term Care Insurance: A Benefit Whose Time Has Come?"
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March 1998

March 1998 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Gearing Up for the 21st Century: Using the Latest Technology to Streamline Plan Administration, Improve Service and Avoid Potential Systems Problems"
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January 1998

SPECIAL ISSUE OF INTEREST TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYERS: Executive Letter, Vol. 22, Nos. 4 & 5, 1998, "Medicare+Choice: What Employers Need to Know"
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October 1997

October 1997 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Flexible Benefits in the Public Sector: What, Why, Why Now and How?"
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July 1997

July 1997 Government Employees Benefits Update,"Encouraging Employee Involvement in Service Improvements: Gain Sharing in the Public Sector"
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May 1997

May 1997 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Checking Your Choice: Performance Audits of Health Claims Administrators"
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March 1997 Government Employees Benefits Update, "The Segal Company's 1996 Survey of State Employee Health Benefit Plans Confirms Strong Growth in Managed Care"
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January 1997

January 1997 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Defined Contribution Plans in the Public Sector"
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September 1996

September 1996 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Latest BLS Data on Employee Benefits in State and Local Governments"
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July 1996

July 1996 Government Employees Benefits Update, "A New Pension Accounting Rule Takes Effect... Another Will Follow"
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April 1996

April 1996 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Prefunding Retiree Health Care Costs"
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February 1996

February 1996 Government Employees Benefits Update, "Tax Reform — A Flat or Bumpy Ride?"
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