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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

One of the Top Challenges Facing the Academy

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

For all of us who are dedicated to the Academy’s mission - “increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security” – 2019 has the makings of a challenging year.

One of the top challenges facing us as we begin a new year is to develop and refine a common language that connects with the public at large. When distraction, detraction, and discord seem so prevalent in the nation’s political discourse, we need new ways to refocus the conversation on unifying issues that matter most to many. When it comes to providing greater economic security and reducing inequality in our nation, we need to reframe how we discuss social insurance, so that its enduring value as shared protection will be communicated more effectively.

If we were to measure the American people’s current understanding of social insurance, what might we find?

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Life Interrupted: The Struggles and Triumphs of Millennial Family Caregivers

Jean Accius, Vice President, Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group, AARP Public Policy Institute

We know the clichés for Millennials. And, for that matter, younger adults of any generation.

Or maybe they’re more assumptions, images we conjure in our heads: a younger person getting out of school, hopefully entering the workforce, and enjoying a nice social life of friends and possibly dating, pastimes (exercise, ballgames, music, etc.), maybe even some trips to exciting destinations.

Life is simple as a young adult. Life is mostly about “me.”

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Friday, January 4, 2019

How Work is Changing—and What it Means for Workers and Social Insurance

Ramsey Alwin, Director of Thought Leadership, Financial Resilience, Office of Policy, Research, and International Affairs, AARP

Ramsey L. Alwin is the Director of Thought Leadership for Financial Resilience in the Office of Policy, Research, and International Affairs at AARP. Alwin’s work focuses on longevity trends and economic security issues, especially as they relate to older adults. 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Emerging and Uninsured Risks Facing Younger Generations

Kathryn Edwards, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation

Kathryn Edwards is an Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation. She is a member of the 2019 Conference Planning Committee. After working as a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute from 2008-2011, Ms. Edwards attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Ph.D. in Economics. Along the way, Edwards was a graduate fellow of the Institute for Research on Poverty and a summer fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The 2018 Midterm Elections, 116th U.S. Congress, and Social Insurance

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

As a result of this November’s midterm elections, key leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives will shift from Republican to Democratic control. This transition may augur a potential for different approaches to legislation aimed at strengthening the nation’s social insurance infrastructure. Newly elected officials might consider policy options to address economic insecurity and mitigate economic inequality, as well as uninsured risks and other major gaps generated by the changing nature of work.

New House Leaders

The change in control will mean new leadership for the House Committees and Subcommittees with jurisdiction over social insurance programs. New leaders may include (as of Nov. 14):

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