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PRESS RELEASE: In California, Growth Rates of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Paid and Employer Costs Decline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The growth rates of total workers’ compensation benefits paid and employer costs declined in California in recent years, according to a new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy).

In 2015, workers’ compensation benefits paid in California were $12.1 billion. Between 2011 and 2015, total benefits paid increased 11.2 percent. However, that growth occurred primarily between 2011 and 2013; benefits increased 11.6 percent from 2011 to 2013, but declined 0.4 percent from 2013 to 2015. The decline in total benefits paid in recent years brings trends in California closer to those occurring in the rest of the nation.      

October 4th, 2017|

REPORT: Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Coverage, and Costs – 2015 Data

Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs is the twentieth in a series by the National Academy of Social Insurance to provide the only comprehensive national data on this largely state-run program. The study provides estimates of workers' compensation payments—cash and medical—for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and federal programs providing workers' compensation.

*Note: Due to the large size of the file, the report may take a few moments to download

October 4th, 2017|

No Jargon Podcast: 21st Century Social Safety Net

The weekly No Jargon podcast, produced by the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), presents interviews with top scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation. Powerful research, intriguing perspectives - and no jargon.

In this episode, SSN Executive Director Avi Green interviews Academy Vice President for Policy Benjamin Veghte about the role of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and paid leave programs in coping with the economic security challenges facing Americans. Veghte suggests ways these programs can adapt to a changing society and economy.

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May 19th, 2017|

PRESS RELEASE: Nonpartisan Report Offers Menu of Options to Policymakers for Strengthening Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an ambitious new report released today, the National Academy of Social Insurance provides detailed, evidence-based analyses on a range of policy options for modernizing the nation’s social insurance system. The Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality takes stock of policy challenges facing the social insurance infrastructure, then discusses potential new directions that policymakers might take to strengthen the programs.

January 26th, 2017|

Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality

Our nation’s social insurance infrastructure forms the foundation of economic and health security for American workers and their families. Like all infrastructure, it must be periodically strengthened and modernized if it is to continue to meet the needs of a changing economy and society. This Report presents the new Administration and Congress with a range of evidence-based policy options, developed by the nation’s top social insurance experts, for doing so.

The first part of the Report takes stock of the policy challenges facing existing social insurance programs: Social Security, the major health insurance programs, and Unemployment Insurance. The second part discusses potential new directions for social insurance in coping with emerging needs in the areas of long-term services and supports, caregiving supports, and nonstandard work.

January 23rd, 2017|
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