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Friday, August 10, 2018

Future Leaders Discuss Solutions to the Social Security Financing Gap

Bethany Cole, 2018 Rashi Fein Intern in Health Policy and Griffin Murphy, 2018 Merton C. Bernstein Intern on Social Insurance

 

On Wednesday, August 1, dozens of summer interns and young professionals gathered at the 2018 Summer Social Security Academy in Washington, DC to engage in thoughtful discussion about the features and future of Social Security. Guided by actuaries from the Social Security Administration (SSA), participants explored policy options to address the adequacy of benefits and achieve long-term financial balance. For attendees, it was a brief glimpse into the frequent discussions that take place on Capitol Hill and in policy circles around the country.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Redesigning employee benefits

Nortin M Hadler
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The American “healthcare system” has evolved piecemeal over the course of the last century. With Theodore Roosevelt’s defeat in the presidential election of 1912, the United States diverted from the European dialectic. America disavowed nearly all social legislation that addressed challenges to health, work capacity, and longevity. Only the Prussian notion of Workmen’s Compensation Insurance made landfall and was rapidly embroiled in debates relating to Constitutionality. The solution was that each state was to develop a scheme that required employers to provide medical care and income substitution for a worker who suffered an injury that arose out of and during employment.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Autopsy of a Retirement Plan

James W. Russell
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Portland State University

https://www.aaup.org/article/autopsy-retirement-plan?link_id=11&can_id=bdbc0d306f89414980d15a11b54b4554&source=email-cultivating-our-classrooms-2&email_referrer=email_357191&email_subject=cultivating-our-classrooms#.WweH-NQvzIV

In "Autopsy of a Retirement Plan," AAUP Academe (May-June 2018), social policy analyst James W. Russell demonstrates why his defined contribution retirement plan despite having high rates of contributions and investment earnings still failed to produce adequate retirement income.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Future of Health Care Reform: Looking at the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare

On Tuesday, March 27, a seminar co-hosted by the National Academy for Social Insurance and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health drew a large, highly engaged audience of students, faculty, and local community members.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Safety Net?”

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

In a recent article in Governing, J.B. Wogan asks, “Is it time to stop saying ‘Safety Net?’” 

He reports that several national groups representing public agencies and non-profits that administer food, housing, and health care benefit programs have stopped using the term “safety net” to describe these programs. He notes that “(d)ropping the term safety net is part of the human services groups' broader strategy to get the public and policymakers to think of human services as investments in the community that boost the economy, reduce crime and improve public health.”

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