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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Myth of Health Care Costs

James Westley McGaughey, Mills College

The 2014 NASI conference on “Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today’s Working Americans” was an experience I will not soon forget. No doubt it was inspiring. When I think about the web of financial and retirement security instruments, whereas I used to perceive nothing short of an uncomfortable future, I now feel a bit at ease knowing that so many of the illustrious folks I met at the conference are hard at work safeguarding Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

How Can Social Insurance Better Respond to the Needs of the Aging Formerly Incarcerated?

Conor McGovern, National Council on Aging

I spent most of the 2014 NASI Conference reflecting on the implications of protecting and expanding social insurance programs for low-income seniors, particularly older Americans of color and women. However, in the course of my research, I have found that one – unfortunately large – group of older Americans gets overlooked when speaking about the ways we can improve our social insurance programs: formerly incarcerated people. So, (barely) conquering my morbid fear of microphones, I asked one of the panels about the role of social insurance for these people.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Following California's Lead: The Expansion of Paid Leave Through Social Insurance

Elizabeth Pandya, University of Maryland

As this particularly harsh winter draws to a close, millions of American workers have again spent another flu season faced with the challenge of choosing between paid work and caring for themselves or sick loved ones. According to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month, nearly 2.9 million full-time workers worked only part-time this past January due to illness-related absences and another 1.2 million traditionally full-time workers missed a week of work entirely.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Proposition for Improving Value in Health Care: Improve Coordination for Those Transitioning into Medicare

Kirstin Woody Scott, Harvard University

Within the world of health policy, it is quite uncontroversial (repetitive, and perhaps even uninteresting) to say that our $2.8 trillion health care system needs to be improved.  There is a robust body of evidence that shows how the U.S.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Response to Larry Kotlikoff

Larry Thompson, Founding Board Member, National Academy of Social Insurance

Larry Kotlikoff advocates replacing the current defined-benefit [Fixing Social Security, May 20, 2014], mostly-pay-as-you-go Social Security system with a system of funded individual accounts financed by mandatory contributions. This general approach was first adopted by Chile almost 35 years ago, and soon became popular among that set of economists most enamored with the universal superiority of markets as a mechanism for allocating resources. In the latter half of the 1990s, the approach was promoted internationally by the World Bank.

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