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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Time to Help States Make Lemonade on Issue of Long-Term Care?

The nation has no viable strategy to help people finance their long-term care

Lee Goldberg, National Academy of Social Insurance

A version of this article originally appeared in Roll Call on February 4, 2013.

The enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 averted the so-called fiscal cliff, but it also repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act that was intended to create a public mechanism to help people pay for long-term services and supports if they become disabled.

The repeal was not a surprise. More than a year ago the administration abandoned plans to implement CLASS after it became clear that premiums for the program as designed — with participation to be voluntary rather than mandatory — would be too high to attract more than a tiny percentage of the population.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving Thanks: Key Programs Keep 26 Million Out of Poverty

Jasmine V. Tucker, National Academy of Social Insurance

This Thanksgiving, Americans across the country can be thankful for four critical programs that helped keep nearly 26 million people out of poverty in 2011, including three social insurance programs: Social Security, unemployment insurance (UI), and workers' compensation, and a related program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quick Facts on Social Security’s 1.7% COLA for 2012

Elisa Walker, National Academy of Social Insurance

This morning the Social Security Administration announced that beneficiaries will see a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) beginning in their January 2013 checks. Social Security benefits are automatically adjusted to keep up with the cost of living.

Key points from the release:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quick Facts from Newest Census Poverty Data

Jasmine V. Tucker, National Academy of Social Insurance

Today marks the release of new data from the Census Bureau on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. Some key points from the report are:

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Women, the Vote, and Social Security: Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Thomas N. Bethell, National Academy of Social Insurance

In 1875 the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did not grant women the right to vote. It then took women 42 years to win that right — from May 16, 1878, when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton persuaded a few members of Congress to introduce a women’s suffrage amendment, until August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was finally adopted.

Two years later the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the amendment, demonstrating that the laws of the land can be changed — for good cause. And on August 26, 2012 — officially Women’s Equality Day, observed every year on August 26 — Americans of both genders once again honor those who devoted their lives to that cause.

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