Beyond the Numbers

PAY & BENEFITS   •  Jan 2015  •  Volume 4 / Number 2

Understanding health plan types: What’s in a name?

Understanding health plan types: What’s in a name?

Every year, many employers conduct an open season to let employees select or change their medical plans. Several factors may affect their selection, including choice of care provider and shared cost.

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PAY & BENEFITS

Access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare

The U.S. labor force includes many working mothers and working fathers with dependents and children in their care. These families often enlist help, such as daycare or eldercare, to balance family and work responsibilities. But many families find it challenging to pay for the high costs of care for dependents and children. That’s where benefits such as dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare can prove helpful to working families.
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PRICES & SPENDING

Slicing through fruit price volatility

Fruit prices are particularly ripe for analysis as they are free of some of the complexities of other price data. They are relatively undifferentiated; the average price of a banana is well defined in a way that the average price of a new vehicle or hospital services is not.
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GLOBAL ECONOMY

Analyzing alternatives to export price indexes

The International Price Program (IPP) at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has produced a full set of export price indexes for merchandise goods since September 1983. Along with the import price indexes, which began a year earlier, the Office of Management and Budget designated the indexes as Principal Federal Economic Indicators. The export price indexes have a myriad of uses, but primary among them is to deflate the various trade statistics for the United States.
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