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Friday, October 27, 2017

New Ideas for the Next Social Security Reform

Elliot Schreur, Research Associate, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin W. Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

Last Thursday, big thinkers from around the country joined the Academy in Washington, DC to discuss how Social Security policy could respond to prevailing demographic, economic, and workforce trends. Video of the event can be accessed here. The policy options discussed were not the familiar “Lego pieces” of Social Security policy, as AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, Debra Whitman, put it in her closing remarks at the forum.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Considerations for Policymakers in the Design of Paid Family and Medical Leave Systems

Benjamin W. Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

Alexandra L. Bradley, Health Policy Analyst, National Academy of Social Insurance

As states work on the development of new paid family and medical leave systems, they face critical design choices with respect to system architecture, funding, and administration. With regard to system architecture, the main choices are between a social insurance approach and an employer mandate, although there are gradations between the two. In a social insurance approach, risk and resources are pooled broadly across virtually all workers in a state. In an employer mandate system, employers are required to offer insurance to their workers but can either self-insure, purchase insurance from a private carrier, or participate in a state fund, if one exists in their state.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Inequality

William J. Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

Having recently completed my first year as the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, I’ve reflected on my many interactions with Academy Members at our annual Membership meeting, Policy Conference, 30th Anniversary celebration, and other events that we have sponsored, as well as emails and phone conversations.

Among the questions most frequently posed to me are:

  • Why has the Academy chosen “inequality” as our overarching strategic theme and framework?
  • What does this mean for the Academy’s policy work?

Background
I first addressed this issue in a letter to the New York Times  published in February 2015.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disability Protection IS Part of Social Security.

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

During the 2016 campaign, President Trump promised not to cut Social Security. Yet the White House’s FY 2018 Budget proposes up to $64 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) expenditures. The cuts stem mostly from measures to “test new program rules and processes and require mandatory participation by program applicants and beneficiaries,” with the objective of moving disabled beneficiaries from the SSDI program into fuller labor market participation.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Middle Way towards Public Policy

Lowell Arye
President, Aging and Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC

In a time when this nation is so deeply divided and both the left and right see visions of ghosts and demons, there is a need for clear eyed people to look deeply at what is truly happening and act to ensure that hyperbole and rhetoric do not become the way.

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