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2021 Discussion Archive

Friday, April 23, 2021

A preview of findings from the Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

As the world grapples with three million tragic deaths due to COVID-19 – with over 566,000 deaths in the U.S. – the Academy is helping policymakers and the public understand the pandemic’s impact on our social insurance infrastructure. Here’s an update on the Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force:

Deliberations of the Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force consist of two phases. The first phase is the Epidemiology Working Group. Chaired by Dr. Neil Powe, Professor of Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, the Epidemiology Working Group began meeting in late 2020.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In Memoriam: Walter Mondale

Bill Arnone, CEO

Walter F. (“Fritz”) Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the U.S., passed away this week at the age of 93. He also served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, as well as that state’s attorney general, and as Ambassador to Japan.

Throughout his career, Walter Mondale had a solid record on Social Security and Medicare. In 1984, he offered this pointed message to those who voted for his opponent in that year’s Presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan: “You did not vote to savage Social Security and Medicare.”

Mondale selected as his Vice Presidential running mate in that campaign former New York Representative Geraldine Ferraro, my dear friend. She made herstory as the first female Vice Presidential nominee of any major party in the U.S.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Step Towards Universal LTSS? Biden’s $400 Billion Long-Term Care Proposal

Bethany Cole, Policy Analyst

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both the severe inadequacy and major inequities in our country's caregiving infrastructure, including the high out-of-pocket costs of long-term services and supports (LTSS). For many families, care demands may become unmanageable, or manageable only at significant cost to family members’ health, well-being, income, and careers. This is especially true for women, who are most likely to be caregivers.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

In AWE of the Academy’s Women Extraordinaire

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are reflecting on the many contributions women have made to our Academy over its nearly 35 years of existence. We also look forward to more women shaping the evolving social insurance infrastructure that protects all of us.

(To commemorate International Women’s Day in 2017, we reviewed the critical roles that women have played in the development of social insurance in the United States.)

Female leadership at the Academy’s founding

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Pathways to Economic Security: Conference Recap and Takeaways

Emphasizing stakeholder voices and new partnerships

The Academy’s 33rd annual policy conference, Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table, was held virtually on March 2-4, 2021. Stakeholders' perspectives led policy conversations around economic security throughout the keynotes, panel dialogues, and workshops.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Initial meetings of Unemployment Insurance Task Force highlight concerns about the disproportionate share of women and workers of color in precarious jobs

Elaine Weiss, Director of Policy

Image Source: How the American Unemployment System FailedNew York Times;  Data: Stephen Wandner, National Academy of Social Insurance and Christopher O’Leary, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Equity, Equality, and Social Insurance

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

A year ago (February 2020), I wrote a piece on the importance of values-driven social insurance. In this piece, I asked:

What are the underlying values that make social insurance resonate with most Americans? Is there a normative framework through which social insurance might be viewed? Will values emerge as a focus of the 2020 election?

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Democracy and Social Insurance

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

With the peaceful transfer of power in the United States threatened by violence and deliberate attempts to undermine our fundamental democratic processes, the vital role of social insurance in a democratic society needs to be reinforced  – especially as we continue to face an extremely divided political environment.

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