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EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits

  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits was first published in 1990.
  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits is maintained on-line and updated when new data is available. The date next to each chapter link indicates when data and/or links were last updated in that chapter.
  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits includes data from dozens of sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of how the employee benefits system works, who and what its various functions affect, and its relationship with the U.S. economy.
  • The EBRI Databook includes over 400 tables and charts presenting vital statistics on the employee benefit system.
  • Topics include the retirement income system; employer-sponsored benefit plans; government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; health insurance; and labor force and demographic trends.
  • Tables and charts are supplemented by explanatory text to provide detailed information on the entire range of employee benefit programs and work force related issues.
  • The book is organized into four sections -- overview, retirement programs, health programs, and other employee benefits, with an extensive appendix offering general economic and demographic statistics, a glossary of terms used in the book, a legislative history of employee benefit programs, reference guide listing sources for further research, and an index.

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Chapter 1 - Employee Benefits in the United States: An Introduction (Updated June 2008)

Chapter 2 - Finances of the Employee Benefit System (Updated September 2008)

Chapter 3 - Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (Updated July 2008)

Chapter 4 - Participation in Employee Benefit Programs (Updated July 2008)

Chapter 5 - Government Mandated Employment-Based and Need-Based Programs (Updated July 2008)

Chapter 6 - Income Statistics of the Population Age 55 and Over (Updated September 2008)

Chapter 7 - Sources of Income for Persons Age 55 and Over (Updated October 2008)

Chapter 8 - Retirement Annuity and Employment-Based Pension Income (Updated February 2009)

Chapter 9 - U.S. Savings Rates (Updated February 2009)

Chapter 10 - Aggregate Trends in Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Sponsorship, Participation, and Vesting (Updated January 2009)

Chapter 11 - Retirement Plan Finance: Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution, Public and Private Plans (Updated May 2008)

Chapter 12 - Salary Reduction Plans (Updated November 2008)

Chapter 13 - Sec. 401(k) Plans (Updated February 2009)

Chapter 14 - Savings and Thrift and Deferred Profit-Sharing Plans

Chapter 15 - Individual Retirement Accounts: Participation (Updated July 2008)

Chapter 16 - Individual Retirement Accounts and Keogh Assets (Updated February 2009)

Chapter 17 - Lump-Sum Distributions and Rollovers (Updated February 2009)

Chapter 18 - Federal Retirement Plans (Updated January 2009)

Chapter 19 - State and Local Government Pension Plans (Updated January 2009)

Chapter 20 - Financial Comparison Between Private and Public Pension Systems: Contributions, Distributions, and Assets

Chapter 21 - Retirement Plan Design Considerations (Updated January 2009)

Chapter 22 - Federal Efforts and Expenditures to Support Retirement Savings Plans (Updated October 2008)

Chapter 23 - Social Security: Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Program Finance (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 24 - Old-Age, Survivors Insurance (OASI): Program Benefits (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 25 - Supplemental Security Income (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 26 - Health Insurance Coverage of the Nonelderly (Updated October 2008)

Chapter 27 - Health Insurance Coverage of Workers (Updated October 2008)

Chapter 28 - Employer Self-Funding of Health Benefits (Updated March 2008)

Chapter 29 - Managed Care (Updated January 2007)

Chapter 30 - Cost Management Strategies (Updated March 2009)

Chapter 31 - Covered Medical Services (Updated February 2007)

Chapter 32 - States' Role in Health Care (Updated April 2008)

Chapter 33 - National Health Expenditures

Chapter 34 - Employer Spending on Health Insurance (Updated March 2009)

Chapter 35 - Individual Spending on Health Care Benefits (Updated July 2006)

Chapter 36 - Health Insurance Coverage of the Elderly (Updated October 2008)

Chapter 37 - Employment-Based Retiree Health Insurance (Updated March 2008)

Chapter 38 - Medicare Enrollees (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 39 - Medicare Covered Services

Chapter 40 - Medicare Finances

Chapter 41 - Future of Medicare (Updated May 2008)

Chapter 42 - Medicaid (Updated May 2007)

Chapter 43 - Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Chapter 44 - Work Schedules

Chapter 45 - Leave

Chapter 46 - Disability Coverage

Chapter 47 - Family Leave (Updated March 2008)

Chapter 48 - Flexible Benefit Plans (Updated June 2008)

Chapter 49 - Dependent Care Benefits

Chapter 50 - Life Insurance

Chapter 51 - Worker Training

Chapter 52 - Unemployment

Chapter 53 - Workers' Compensation (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 54 - Educational Assistance

Chapter 56 - Social Security Disability Insurance (Updated May 2008)

Chapter 58 - Programs Assisting Needy Families (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 59 - Supplemental Security Income (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 60 - Government Training Programs

Appendix A - Work Force Statistics (Updated February 2007)

Appendix B - Income (Updated February 2006)

Appendix C - Economic Factors (Updated May 2006)

Appendix D - Explanation of Sources (Updated July 2007)

Appendix E - Legislative History of Employee Benefits (Updated March 2007)

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