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In Memoriam: Phil Lee

Academy Founding Member Dr. Philip R. Lee passed away last month. The New York Times obituary described him aptly as “a fighter for social justice.”

As Phil wrote in the summer 2015 issue of Generations, the journal of the American Society on Aging: “Medicare was my entrée into a long and exciting career in health policy. The efforts I was involved in to advocate for, implement, and refine the program had a profound impact on me.” He noted that, as a proponent of universal health care legislation in the 1960s, he was “repeatedly accused of being a socialist.”

November 9th, 2020|

A Triple Play: New Academy Task Forces


The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare major weaknesses and gaps in our existing social insurance ecosystem.

The National Academy of Social Insurance is responding with the launch of three new Task Forces to examine critical social insurance issues over the next year.

  • The first will be an will be an interdisciplinary task force on how the crises driven by COVID-19 interact with social insurance programs.
  • The second will explore potential large-scale reforms to the Unemployment Insurance system.
  • The third will explore options to improve retirement security for older workers who are in physically demanding jobs.


October 20th, 2020|

In Memoriam: John Lewis

We have lost a true hero. Representative John Lewis passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020.

One of the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, Congressman Lewis represented the state of Georgia in the House of Representatives since 1987. He was often referred to as “the conscience of Congress.”

An ardent supporter of Social Security, his Congressional website includes the following statement:

July 20th, 2020|

A Pledge to Create a Stronger Society, a Fairer Future

By: William Arnone, CEO, and William Rodgers, Board Chair

Well before George Floyd’s murder, we had selected as the theme for the Academy’s 2020 Robert M. Ball Award Campaign for Social Insurance “A Stronger Society, A Fairer Future.” Now more than ever, this theme guides all that we do to make social insurance more relevant to, and more effective in meeting, the grave challenges facing our country.

2020 has brought an unimaginable health pandemic, an economic catastrophe, and multiple travesties of justice that threaten our social fabric. These intertwined crises have revealed and exacerbated systemic shortcomings and injustice in our nation’s socioeconomic policies and programs, especially when it comes to the health and security of people of color.

June 5th, 2020|

Statement on the economic impacts of COVID-19

In his message to Congress on the Economic Security Program in January of 1935, which formed the basis for the landmark Social Security Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “No one can guarantee this country against the dangers of future depressions but we can reduce these dangers. We can eliminate many of the factors that cause economic depressions, and we can provide the means of mitigating their results… We pay now for the dreadful consequence of economic insecurity–and dearly.”

April 22nd, 2020|
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