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Friday, July 1, 2016

Aspects of Inequality: Entrepreneurship, Paid Family Leave, and the Racial Wealth Gap

Rebecca Armendariz, 2016 National Academy of Social Insurance Intern, University of Maryland

As part of the Academy’s continued focus on income and wealth inequality, expert panelists convened at the National Press Club on June 21st for Advancing Equity and Inclusion through Social Insurance, three discussions that explored how public policies can bolster American family stability in an evolving economy. Recognizing how economic opportunity and mobility are affected by entrepreneurship, paid time away from work for caregivers, and the entrenched wealth divide between whites and people of color, panelists affirmed that social insurance programs provide a critical safety net for risk-taking, retirement planning, and family caregiving.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

How Things Get Done In Washington: Insights From 23 Former CMS Leaders

Timothy Trysla, Alston and Byrd LLP

This piece was originally published on the Health Affairs Blog on April 20, 2016.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

New Momentum on Long Term Services and Supports

John Cutler, Senior Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

The Academy, which has a long tradition of exploring policy solutions to the challenges of long-term care, devoted a session at its January policy research conference to the financing of long-term services and supports.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Unemployment Insurance Proposals in Obama Budget Offer Starting Point for National Conversation

Elliot Schreur, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin W. Veghte, National Academy of Social Insurance

President Obama’s final Budget, released last week, included proposals for reforms to the federal-state unemployment insurance (UI) system. These budget proposals in part elaborate on remarks in his final State of the Union last month concerning supports for the U.S. workforce. The speech hinted at greater access to training programs by UI claimants and a full-scale wage-insurance program. The Administration’s Budget offers detailed proposals based on those remarks in addition to other UI-related improvements.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Income, Health, and Wealth Inequality Emerge as Strategic Focus of Academy Following January Policy Research Conference

Kristen Arnold, National Academy of Social Insurance

A blizzard dropping nearly 28 inches of snow did not stop hundreds of social insurance experts from participating in the Academy’s 28th annual policy research conference last week, Disparate Income, Wealth, and Opportunity: Implications for Social Insurance. Co-chaired by Kilolo Kijakazi of the Urban Institute, Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and David Colby, the two-day conference – built upon two Fall convenings on the same topic – ushered in the Academy’s new strategic focus on income and wealth inequality. Participants, including new and veteran Academy members, came together to share views from both sides of the aisle on income, wealth, gender, and racial/ethnic disparities and how social insurance and other public policies can play a role in mitigating them in fiscally sustainable ways.

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