In an important development, the title of this blog was changed from Employee Benefits Week in Review (EBWiR) to This Week in Benefits (TWIB). The change was proposed by Scott Mardis of AmeriFlex over beers in an Irish pub. Said Mardis, "TWIB is a lot easier to pronounce. How do you even say EBWiR, or whatever it is?" Good enough for me.

In more serious matters . . .

Health care reform provisions fall victim to the game of chicken played by both parties. Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to an 11th-hour budget compromise last Friday, narrowly averting a shutdown of the federal government. The deal, which will keep the federal government running for the rest of this fiscal year, passed both the House and Senate yesterday, and now it will go to President Obama for his signature.

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