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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Academy Briefs Chinese Delegation on U.S. Social Insurance System

On Tuesday, November 7, the Academy hosted an educational forum for 30 members of a delegation of government officials from the Guangdong Province of China. The officials, representing various departments within the provincial government, were participants of Georgetown University’s Global Education Institute, which provides an executive program for Chinese provincial civil servants. Academy members and staff provided an overview of four key areas of the American system of social insurance.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

We asked Larry Summers for a social insurance agenda, and here’s what he suggested

On October 16, 2017, Members of the National Academy of Social Insurance, as well as other experts and supporters, gathered in Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss our nation’s social insurance programs and how they are addressing – and could better address – the challenges posed by growing inequality.

The Academy’s Board Chair, Bill Rodgers, Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, sat down with Professor Larry Summers for a fireside-style chat.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

New Ideas for the Next Social Security Reform

Elliot Schreur, Research Associate, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin W. Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

Last Thursday, big thinkers from around the country joined the Academy in Washington, DC to discuss how Social Security policy could respond to prevailing demographic, economic, and workforce trends. Video of the event can be accessed here. The policy options discussed were not the familiar “Lego pieces” of Social Security policy, as AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, Debra Whitman, put it in her closing remarks at the forum.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Considerations for Policymakers in the Design of Paid Family and Medical Leave Systems

Benjamin W. Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

Alexandra L. Bradley, Health Policy Analyst, National Academy of Social Insurance

As states work on the development of new paid family and medical leave systems, they face critical design choices with respect to system architecture, funding, and administration. With regard to system architecture, the main choices are between a social insurance approach and an employer mandate, although there are gradations between the two. In a social insurance approach, risk and resources are pooled broadly across virtually all workers in a state. In an employer mandate system, employers are required to offer insurance to their workers but can either self-insure, purchase insurance from a private carrier, or participate in a state fund, if one exists in their state.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Inequality

William J. Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

Having recently completed my first year as the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, I’ve reflected on my many interactions with Academy Members at our annual Membership meeting, Policy Conference, 30th Anniversary celebration, and other events that we have sponsored, as well as emails and phone conversations.

Among the questions most frequently posed to me are:

  • Why has the Academy chosen “inequality” as our overarching strategic theme and framework?
  • What does this mean for the Academy’s policy work?

Background
I first addressed this issue in a letter to the New York Times  published in February 2015.

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