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2021


  • Jonathan B. Forman, an Academy Member since 1998, passed away this week. Professor Forman was the Kenneth E. McAfee Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught courses on tax and pension law. ...    
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  • In Memoriam: Richard Trumka

    August 06, 2021

    Academy Member Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, passed away this week. ...    
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  • Rebecca Vallas, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation; Secretary, National Academy of Social Insurance Board of Directors

    As congressional leaders continue to negotiate economic recovery legislation to “build back better” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy’s new fact sheet on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a quick look at the many ways this critical but long-forgotten part of our Social Security system has withered on the vine due to decades of federal neglect. From asset limits that haven’t been adjusted for inflation in over 30 years to income rules that have never been updated since the program was established in 1972, SSI was already urgently in need of rebuilding long ...

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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to the racial violence of 2020, and the nationwide multiracial and multigenerational outcries for justice that ensued, many Americans were not aware of the significance of June 19, 1865, in our nation’s history, or the corresponding holiday known as Juneteenth. ...    
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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    May is Older Americans Month, and as President Biden stated in his May 3rd proclamation: “During Older Americans Month, we celebrate older Americans and the key role they play in sharing the wisdom and experience that inform today’s decisions and actions, and fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities. And, we recognize our responsibility to ensure that every American has the opportunity to age with dignity.” ...    
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  • The Report of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022. Workers’ Compensation (WC) practitioners and scholars are planning an event in commemoration of this fiftieth anniversary, a milestone that is particularly notable given the new issues raised regarding WC by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...    
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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    As the world grapples with three million tragic deaths due to COVID-19 – with over 566,000 deaths in the U.S. – the Academy is helping policymakers and the public understand the pandemic’s impact on our social insurance infrastructure. Here’s an update on the Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force: ...    
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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    Walter F. (“Fritz”) Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the U.S., passed away this week at the age of 93. He also served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, as well as that state’s attorney general, and as Ambassador to Japan. ...    
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  • Bethany Cole, Policy Analyst

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both the severe inadequacy and major inequities in our country’s caregiving infrastructure, including the high out-of-pocket costs of long-term services and supports (LTSS). For many families, care demands may become unmanageable, or manageable only at significant cost to family members’ health, well-being, income, and careers. This is especially true for women, who are most likely to be caregivers. ...    
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  • Emphasizing stakeholder voices and new partnerships ...    
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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    A year ago (February 2020), I wrote a piece on the importance of values-driven social insurance. In this piece, I asked: ...    
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  • Elaine Weiss, Director of Policy

    The Academy’s launch of a new Task Force to explore options for comprehensive modernization of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program responds to a particularly challenging moment: Millions of jobless workers across the country are poised to lose $300 in weekly support on March 14, and two other programs providing benefits to unemployed Americans may expire in April. ...    
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  • William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer

    With the peaceful transfer of power in the United States threatened by violence and deliberate attempts to undermine our fundamental democratic processes, the vital role of social insurance in a democratic society needs to be reinforced  – especially as we continue to face an extremely divided political environment. ...    
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