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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Assured Income as a Mechanism to Promote Economic Security

H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Director, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

“Universal basic income” (UBI) has only recently come into popular usage, but the idea of assuring a base level of income to all is not new. Social insurance programs have been performing a similar function for much of the last century. Social Security and Unemployment Insurance both provide a base level of income given one’s eligibility for receiving benefits. The latter part of the statement is, of course, a defining characteristic of traditional social insurance—eligibility is contingent on one’s paying in.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Social Security Across the Lifespan: Addressing Misconceptions among Young People

Jeff Cruz, Senior analyst for Social Security and senior advisor for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the Senate Budget Committee

Kathleen Romig, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Posted on January 24, 2019  |  Write the first comment
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Achieving Access to Health Care Coverage and Services to Promote Economic Security and Ability to Participate in Work

Renée M. Landers, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School and Faculty Director, Health and Biomedical Law Concentration

“The first wealth is health.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson offered this observation in The Conduct of Life published in 1860, and the statement remains centrally true to the human condition today. The simple sentence belies the range of factors that have an impact on the health of individuals and populations, including the social insurance and other public policies that affect the ability to maintain health insurance and to obtain access to necessary health care services on a consistent basis throughout the lifespan. Good health is essential to the ability of people to participate effectively in education, productive work, recreation, and civic and community life. The current political and economic environment presents several threats as well as opportunities for ensuring access to health care across the generations.

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Posted on January 19, 2019  |  Write the first comment
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Universal Family Care to Support Workers and Families

Josie Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Federal Affairs, Caring Across Generations

At some point in our lives, almost everyone faces the challenge of either needing to receive care or provide care to others. This could be due to the birth or adoption of child, caring for a family member, affording early childhood care and education, stopping work due to your own serious health condition, or either you or a loved one needing long-term services and supports. For many individuals and families, these caregiving responsibilities and expenses can be a tremendous financial burden.

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Posted on January 18, 2019  |  1 comment  |  Add your comment
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Furloughed Federal Workers and Unemployment Insurance

William Arnone, CEO National Academy of Social Insurance

Stephen Wandner, PhD, Research Fellow, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and Senior Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

 

Among the many headlines in coverage of the government shutdown: “The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck.”

For the roughly 800,000 furloughed federal workers, the partial shutdown began on December 22, 2018. These federal workers missed their first biweekly paycheck on January 11, 2019. If the shutdown continues, they will miss a second paycheck on January 25 and possibly future paychecks until the shutdown ends. Until January 16, when legislation was enacted guaranteeing that federal workers would receive back-pay upon the government’s reopening, these workers also faced over three weeks of uncertainty as to whether they would ever be paid for the shutdown period.

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Posted on January 18, 2019  |  Write the first comment
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