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State Insurance Mandates and the ACA Essential Benefits Provisions
Source: NCSL

Overview

Every state has a substantial number of laws that require private market health insurance to cover specific benefits and provider services. An introduction to such laws is provided below, titled Understanding Mandated Health Insurance Benefits.

State Mandated Benefits

Traditionally states counted health mandate laws to include required categories of up to 70 distinct “benefits” as well as “health providers” (such as acupuncturists or chiropractors) and “persons covered” (such as adopted children, handicapped dependents or adult dependents). Adding up these laws, there are more than 1,900 such statutes among all 50 states; another analysis tallies more than 2,200 individual statute provisions, adopted over a 30+ year period.

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Certified Trustee Program 18-4 – Registration Now Open
Source: IPPFA

Certified Trustee Program 18-4 is being held at Lewis & Clark College, Edwardsville, IL.

For over 30 years, the IPPFA has offered public pension trustees the best and latest in trustee training education, striving to offer the best available training. Please join us for sessions in ethics, investment procedures, fiduciary responsibilities, and legal and legislative updates, all presented by nationally renowned speakers.

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The State of Retirement Security in the United States
Source: NPPC

This week is National Retirement Security Week. Every year this week is used by the financial industry to promote retirement savings through their products and services. While we applaud the goal of promoting adequate retirement savings for all Americans, the reality is that many working families are not saving at all and are woefully unprepared for retirement. So this year we are flipping the script and talking about National Retirement (In)Security Week.

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Certified Trustee Program 18-5 – Registration Now Open
Source: IPPFA

Certified Trustee Program 18-5 is being held at NIU Campus in Hoffman Estates, IL.

For over 30 years, the IPPFA has offered public pension trustees the best and latest in trustee training education, striving to offer the best available training. Please join us for sessions in ethics, investment procedures, fiduciary responsibilities, and legal and legislative updates, all presented by nationally renowned speakers.

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Employee Contributions to Public Pension Plans
Source: NASRA

Unlike in the private sector, nearly all employees of state and local government are required to share in the
cost of their retirement benefit. Employee contributions typically are set as a percentage of salary by
statute or by the retirement board. Although investment earnings and employer contributions account for a
larger portion of total public pension fund revenues (see Figure 1), by providing a consistent and predictable
stream of revenue to public pension funds, contributions from employees fill a vital role in financing
pension benefits.i Reforms made in the wake of the 2008-09 market decline included higher employee
contribution rates in many states. This issue brief examines employee contribution plan designs, policies
and recent trends.

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Certified Trustee Program 18-3 – Registration Now Open
Source: IPPFA

Certified Trustee Program 18-3 is being held at NIU Campus in Hoffman Estates, IL.

For over 30 years, the IPPFA has offered public pension trustees the best and latest in trustee training education, striving to offer the best available training. Please join us for sessions in ethics, investment procedures, fiduciary responsibilities, and legal and legislative updates, all presented by nationally renowned speakers.

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Certified Trustee Program 18-2 – Registration Now Open
Source: IPPFA

Certified Trustee Program 18-2 is being held at Embassy Suites East Peoria, Hoffman Estates, Illinois starting April 30, 2018.

For over 30 years, the IPPFA has offered public pension trustees the best and latest in trustee training education, striving to offer the best available training. Please join us for sessions in ethics, investment procedures, fiduciary responsibilities, and legal and legislative updates, all presented by nationally renowned speakers.

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Welcome Taylorville Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA
Source: IPPFA

Welcome Taylorville Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA.

 

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Certified Trustee Program 18-1 – Registration Now Open
Source: IPPFA

Certified Trustee Program 18-1 is being held at NIU Campus, Hoffman Estates, Illinois starting January 11, 2018.

For over 30 years, the IPPFA has offered public pension trustees the best and latest in trustee training education, striving to offer the best available training. Please join us for sessions in ethics, investment procedures, fiduciary responsibilities, and legal and legislative updates, all presented by nationally renowned speakers.

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Getting More from Less in Defined Benefit Plans: Three Levers for a Low-Return World
Source: Pension Research Council

 

As global interest rates hover near historic lows, defined benefit pension plan sponsors must grapple with the prospect of lower investment returns. This paper examines three levers that can enhance portfolio outcomes in a low-return world. The levers include: increased contributions; reduced investment costs; and increased portfolio risk. We use portfolio simulations based on a stochastic asset class forecasting model to evaluate each lever according to two criteria—its magnitude of impact and the certainty that this impact will be realized. Our analysis indicates that increased contributions have the greatest and most certain impact. Reduced costs have a more modest, but equally certain impact. Increased risk can deliver a significant impact, but with the least certainty.

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