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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Paid Family Leave and Designing Social Insurance Options

In last evening’s State of the Union speech, President Trump highlighted paid family leave as one of his Administration’s priorities.

In June 2019, the National Academy of Social Insurance issued an in-depth report, Designing Universal Family Care, in partnership with Caring Across Generations. The report was developed over a year of deliberations by a Study Panel of 29 experts in care policy from a variety of perspectives. Academy members Marc Cohen, Co-Director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, and Heidi Hartmann, former President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, served as Study Panel Co-Chairs.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

In Memoriam: Pete Stark

Bill Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance


Congressman Fortney H. "Pete" Stark passed away on January 24, 2020. To read Congressman Stark’s official obituary or to share your memories of Pete and read memories shared by others, please visit:

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Looking at Climate Change from a Social Insurance Perspective

William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO

Is there a social insurance response to the many economic, health, and other risks that climate change is generating?

The myriad risks posed by climate change were not envisioned during the Great Depression, out of which much of our nation’s social insurance infrastructure emerged. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 did not affect the heart of American economic activity, and was treated as an outlier, “a once in a life-time” event too unlikely to re-occur to get incorporated in actual long-term policy planning.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Top Ten Reasons to Support the National Academy of Social Insurance

Bill Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

There is only one National Academy of Social Insurance, but many reasons to support our work. Here’s why you may wish to consider the Academy in your year-end giving:

1.  We tackle big issues. 

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Friday, November 1, 2019

In Memoriam: Elijah Cummings

Bill Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

In reflecting on the passing of Representative Elijah Cummings, we at the National Academy of Social Insurance recall his stirring tribute to William (Bill) Spriggs, recipient of the 2016 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance.

We invite you to watch the late Congressman’s remarks during that memorable evening in which the Ball Award was presented to Bill Spriggs. (Congressman Cummings was actually a surprise guest speaker, so this intimate 7-minute recording was captured by none other than Bill Spriggs, via his mobile device!)

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