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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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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Social Security Debate and American Democracy

Eloy Fisher

Social Security is not in crisis, as Ken Buffin reminded us in his presentation at NASI's 24th annual policy research conference on January 26 in Washington, DC. For the next 25 years, Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) trust funds are 100% solvent, and beyond that window, 90% solvent for two more decades.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

How Social Insurance Programs Can Reduce Health Disparities: Reflections from NASI’s 2012 Conference

Liz Lamoste

I was very excited to see NASI dedicate time to health disparities and determinants of health at this year’s conference, Social Insurance in a Market Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities, because it is important to have more conversations about how social insurance programs can help reduce health disparities.

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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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Friday, February 24, 2012

How Workers’ Compensation and Other Social Insurance Programs Support Workers in their Path to Reemployment: Reflections from the 24th Annual NASI Conference

Kristine Shields

At NASI’s 24th annual policy research conference, Social Insurance in a Market Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities, Laura Fortman, executive director of the Frances Perkins Center, said that “people are resilient, creative, and want to work.” Many speakers at the NASI conference touched on the importance of creating jobs, and getting people into those jobs, while increasing demand in the economy. The working and not working population drive outcomes for social insurance programs such as workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and unemployment insurance.

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Posted on February 24, 2012  |  Write the first comment
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