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2015 Discussion Archive

Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Modeling Project Sets Stage for Debate About Long Term Services and Supports

John Cutler, Senior Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

The long-awaited launch of a modeling project on long term services and supports (LTSS) on November 17 is expected to set the stage for a new round of discussion and debate about how to reform LTSS (formerly referred to as long-term care).

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Social Security’s Past, Present and Future

Benjamin Veghte, National Academy of Social Insurance

As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security, it is time to recall its contribution to the economic security of America’s working families, and to look toward its future.

Remarkably, for 80 years, through numerous wars and recessions, Social Security has never missed a payment, and has never contributed a penny to the federal debt. Self-financed through contributions by workers and their employers – augmented since 1983 by taxes on benefits – with its annual surpluses invested in U.S. Treasury Bonds, Social Security is walled off from the tumult of both the stock market and annual appropriations battles. While the rest of the government can – and does – accumulate debt, Social Security must, by law, live within its means.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

COVERED: Johnson Signs Historic Medicare Bill Assuring Health Coverage for Seniors

Bob Rosenblatt

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Johnson Signs Historic Medicare Bill Assuring Health Coverage for Seniors

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Results of the Working Together Challenge

Kristine Quinio, Consultant; Lee Goldberg, Vice President of Health Policy, NASI; Thomas N. Bethell, Senior Fellow, NASI; Kristen Arnold, Income Security Program Analyst

The Academy launched Working Together in the spring of 2015, as an initiative to generate ideas that improve services and supports for working-age persons with disabilities and/or that promote access to quality services and supports. Using IdeaScale, an online crowd-sourcing platform, Academy members and other experts in disability and health were invited to participate by submitting ideas and/or voting on submitted ideas. Over 250 experts participated in the challenge, and more than 30 submissions were collected online from May to June 2015. After voting closed at the end of June, an Advisory Committee reviewed the submissions and identified six key areas to recommend for further action by the policy community.

Results of the Working Together Challenge

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Friday, July 24, 2015

COVERED: Medicare Conferees Tackle Last Hurdle and Referee Fight Among Docs

Bob Rosenblatt

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Medicare Conferees Tackle Last Hurdle and Referee Fight Among Docs

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Friday, July 17, 2015

COVERED: Nursing Home Admission Rule Stirs Discontent in Medicare Debate

Bob Rosenblatt

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Nursing Home Admission Rule Stirs Discontent in Medicare Debate

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Progress on Long Term Services and Supports, White House Conference on Aging Starts

Lee Goldberg, National Academy of Social Insurance

Many in the aging community have been underwhelmed by the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), a year-long process that culminates this week with a national summit and an address from President Obama. The 2015 WHCOA may lack the sharp definition of past events. No one will confuse this year’s summit with the first White House conference in 1961 with its focus on the need for health insurance for seniors. But, the 2015 WHCOA may be just the one we need, given the reluctance of so many to address the deep societal issues triggered by an aging population.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

COVERED: Senate Passes Medicare, Prepares for Conference with House over Disputes

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Senate Passes Medicare, Prepares for Conference with House over Disputes

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

COVERED: Senate Wrestles with Medicare and Desegregation of Southern Hospitals

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Senate Wrestles with Medicare and Desegregation of Southern Hospitals

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Friday, June 26, 2015

COVERED: Finance Committee Restores Medicare bill, AMA Chief Calls Off Docs

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Finance Committee Restores Medicare bill, AMA Chief Calls Off Docs

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Friday, June 19, 2015

COVERED: Senate Finance Committee Attacks White House on Medicare Bill

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Senate Finance Committee Attacks White House on Medicare Bill

June 19, 1965

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Friday, June 12, 2015

COVERED: White House in Political Battle Between Medical Specialists, Labor

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


White House in Political Battle Between Medical Specialists, Labor

June 12, 1965

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

COVERED: Medicare Would Allow Expanded Benefits for Workers in Unions

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Medicare Would Allow Expanded Benefits for Workers in Unions

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Friday, May 29, 2015

COVERED: Private Insurance Plans Will Run New Federal Health Program for Seniors

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Private Insurance Plans Will Run New Federal Health Program for Seniors

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

COVERED: Doc Says Medicare Bill Unfair to Mentally Ill

Bob Rosenblatt, Special Correspondent

Throughout 2015, the Academy is working with partners to create a platform for dialogue around the history and future of these two vital programs, including this weekly Covered blog series. Covered is written by Bob Rosenblatt, a Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance and editor of the website HelpWithAgingLearn more about the Academy’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.


Doc Says Medicare Bill Unfair to Mentally Ill

May 22, 1965

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