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Demystifying Social Security: 2015 Summer Academy

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Kaiser Family Foundation ■ Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW ■ Washington, DC
#SocSec15

8:30 AM REGISTRATION / LIGHT BREAKFAST

9:00 AM WELCOME

  • Jill Braunstein, National Academy of Social Insurance

9:15 AM OPENING SESSION - Why is Social Security Important?
Why is Social Security relevant and important to younger generations.        

  • Donna Butts, Generations United
  • Jeff Cruz, Senate Budget Committee
  • Moderator: 2015 NASI Summer Intern

9:45 AM SESSION I - Social Security: How Does it Work?
Social Security is a multifaceted program with a variety of benefits. Who receives benefits? How important are Social Security benefits for the people who receive them? What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

10:50 AM BREAK/NETWORKING

11:05 AM SESSION II - Straight Talk on Social Security's Financing and Policy Options
Who pays for Social Security? What are the Social Security trust funds and why do they matter? What is the program’s financial outlook in the near term and the long term? What are some policy options to strengthen Social Security?

12:00 LUNCH

12:30 SESSION III - Unfiltered: Two Visions for Social Security's Future
The Social Security program has been debated since its inception. This session will explore two different perspectives on the current state of the program and its future.

  • Marc Goldwein, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Nicole Woo, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Moderator: Bethany Boland, Abt Associates

1:30 PM  BREAK/NETWORKING

1:45 PM POLICY EXERCISE (PART A) - Building Your Solution for Social Security
Experts have debated solutions to Social Security’s financing for years. What solutions would you choose to solve the issues of solvency and adequacy of Social Security?

  • Moderator: Kristen Arnold, National Academy of Social Insurance

2:45 PM POLICY EXERCISE (PART B) - Sharing Your Solution for Social Security
Hold your own policy briefing. Report back on your plan for the future of Social Security.

  • Moderator: 2015 NASI Summer Intern​

3:15 PM CLOSING SESSION KEYNOTE - Now What?: How Can I Use this Information and Experience?
Now that you have learned the ins and outs of the Social Security program, what can young people do now and throughout their careers to get involved in the policy process?

  • Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress

3:45 PM  WRAP-UP AND DOOR PRIZES

  • 2015 NASI Summer Intern

Don't forget to register for Demystifying Medicare on July 23, 2015!