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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms That Can Help Curb Costs

Adam Jutha

Increased use of comparative effectiveness research in funding decisions for Medicare and Medicaid programs will ensure technologic advancements demonstrate cost containment strategies and improved quality of health care services when new medical innovation is proposed for use in the United States’ health care system, thereby reducing overall health care expenditures.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Social Security: It’s for young people, too

Elisa Walker, National Academy of Social Insurance

I’m a young American; I value Social Security; and this week in particular, I’m feeling reassured that Social Security is on solid footing and will be there for me when I need it. In fact, I see it as a great investment. 

To some, these statements might seem unrealistic, especially given all the negative media coverage that followed the release of the 2012 Social Security Trustees Report last week. But despite the doomsday responses, the reality is actually reassuring – especially for today’s young people, who are used to hearing misleading accounts to the contrary.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Affordable Care Act Turns Two

Lee Goldberg, National Academy of Social Insurance

Sabiha Zainulbhai, National Academy of Social Insurance

March 23rd, 2012 will mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This legislation represents one of the largest and most comprehensive reforms to the American health care system since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA seeks to extend coverage to roughly 50 million uninsured Americans, slowing down the growth in the cost of health care, and improving the quality of care health care by changing the delivery system.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Young Person’s Debate

Alex Wirth

The young person’s debate on Social Security has been particularly one-sided lately.  Last fall at the Harvard Institute of Politics, I helped write and analyze a poll of over 2,000 young people ages 18-29.  We found that 78 percent of young people were concerned that the Social Security system would not be able to provide the benefits they expected when they retired.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Getting the Message Right: The Communications Challenges of Social Insurance

Lucy Cox-Chapman

If “market economy” isn’t the first thing that springs to your mind when thinking about social insurance, you are forgiven. Honestly, before attending the 2012 NASI annual conference, Social Insurance in a Market Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities, I was in your shoes. Having spent the last eighteen months deeply immersed in my masters of public health curriculum, I viewed social insurance as a set of policies rooted in the public sector. And while the focus on government and public policy isn’t misplaced, I was missing the broader picture of the impact of social insurance on society. Fortunately, the diverse set of presenters, policy experts, and researchers, at the 2012 NASI conference corrected my lopsided view.

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