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Pension Funding Relief Measure Taking Shape in Washington; New Details Released

On May 28, 2010, the House passed HR 4213, which is now called the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010." The bill would provide pension funding relief for single-employer plans and multiemployer plans. [More]


IRS Guidance on HEART Act Suggests Need for Plan Amendments

Congress enacted the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (the "HEART Act") to expand the rights of employees killed or disabled while in military service. [More]


Congress Extends COBRA Subsidy, Eligibility

P.L. 111-118, the Defense Appropriations Bill, signed into law on December 19, 2009, extends the period for the COBRA 65% discount for terminated employees from 9 to 15 months and also makes employees terminated after December 31, 2009 and before March 1, 2010 eligible for the 65% COBRA assistance subsidy. [More]


Bipartisan pension funding relief bill covers multi-, single-employer plans

A bipartisan legislative proposal introduced in Congress Oct. 27 would give both multi- and single employer pensions more breathing room to help them overcome the impact of 2008 portfolio investment losses. [More]


GASB Hearing on Pension Accounting

The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) was scheduled to begin reviewing comments on possible changes in its pension accounting and actuarial standards at a hearing Aug. 26 at its offices in Norwalk, Conn. [More]


State, Local Governments Struggling with Retiree Health Care Financing

State and local governments (SLGs) are "at a crossroads" in coming to terms with their retiree health benefit plans and liabilities, according to a study published by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence in Washington. [More]


Actuaries Group Seeking Alternatives to Pension System

Convinced that the current retirement plan landscape, featuring traditional defined benefit and defined contribution plans, has serious "shortcomings," the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is looking for ideas for a better system. Up to $100,000 in compensation may be available to pay for good ideas, according to a recent "call for models" announcement by the SOA. [More]


Health Plans Navigating Cost Pressures, New Laws, Regulations, Medical Advances

Cheiron's 2009 health care benefit review and outlook Client Advisory provides a briefing on health care cost trends and our expectations for the future. [More]


Plan Trustees Find Source of Optimism Amid Gloom

San Antonio, November 19, 2008 - Multiemployer plan trustees attending the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans' recent annual conference here have plenty of worries on their minds. But an informal attendee poll of trustees conducted by Cheiron staff attending the event found a majority of trustees optimistic about one thing: The incoming Obama Administration's "ability to address my biggest worries." [More]


GAO Spotlights Public Sector Retiree Health Liability, Pension Funding Concerns

Data contained in the document also may offer state and local pension officials a useful frame of reference to compare the financial health of their own retiree benefits to the trends and benchmarks reported in the GAO study. [More]


Leading Pension Legal Expert Gerry Cole Joins Cheiron

Gerald E. Cole, LLB, one of the nation's leading legal experts on pension and welfare plans, particularly Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans, has joined Cheiron, Inc. as special counsel and director of research. [More]


Cheiron Opens Offices in Three Cities, Keeping Pace with Client Growth

In an effort to meet the needs of its rapidly growing client base, Cheiron, Inc. has opened new offices in New York, Chicago and the Philadelphia area. The firm also maintains offices in the Washington, DC and Charlotte metro areas. The consistent growth we've experienced since our launch in 2002 suggests a strong demand for Cheiron's particular blend of high-end analytics, creativity and client focus, says Gene Kalwarski, FSA, EA, MAAA, a founding partner of the firm. [More]


Prominent Pension Expert Joins Cheiron

Ken Kent, FSA, EA has joined Cheiron as a consulting actuary to serve our expanding client base. Kent, a 27-year veteran, has held senior positions at the nation's largest actuarial consulting firms. [More]


How Do You Spell Relief? S-E-C-T-I-O-N 4-1-2-(e)

The IRS has revealed itself to be sympathetic to the plight of distressed pension plans and has been suggesting plans to consider the pension funding relief that already exists under current law, in a little-known provision, Section 412(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. [More]


Cheiron Opens New Charlotte Area Office

The Charlotte office of Cheiron, the innovative new actuarial services and employee benefits consulting firm, has relocated within the Charlotte area. [More]


One Year On and Going Strong

One year after its founding, Cheiron has emerged as one of the nation's leading and most innovative boutique actuarial services firms, serving a growing roster of Taft-Hartley, public sector and corporate pension and health & welfare plan clients. [More]


Top Multiemployer Plan Expert Joins Cheiron’s Growing Consulting Staff

Vincent Cicconi, a nationally respected expert on multiemployer plans, has joined Cheiron as a senior consultant and special advisor. Cicconi will help Cheiron's Taft-Hartley clients by providing strategic direction in the areas of funding, plan design and compliance. [More]


An Actuary’s Odyssey

Excerpt: "Gene Kalwarski's long career as an actuary belies the introverted stereotypes, while his new firm, Cheiron, brings leading-edge modeling to its efforts for large pension and benefit plans. The result is greater employee security." [More]


New Washington, DC Area Firm Growing Rapidly by Helping Employers and Labor Unions with Troubled Pensions, Escalating Health Costs

Cheiron has completed its first six months' operations securely in the black and is adding staff. Cheiron's basic strategy for supporting clients revolves around powerful electronic analytical tools that provide virtually instantaneous and highly sophisticated financial projections based on alternative funding and investment scenarios. Cheiron's tools also allow employers to forecast health costs and adjust benefits and contributions as needed. [More]


The Pension Funding Crisis

David A. Hershey's three part Special Report series on the Pension Funding Crisis. [More]


New Financial Consulting Firm is Lauched, Vows Superior Responsiveness, Full Accountability

In the aftermath of Enron-Arthur Andersen and similar scandals, there is an urgent need for a firm like Cheiron that will stand behind its work instead of running for cover. [More]

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