For Immediate Release | June 27, 2019


Kristine Quinio at (202-243-7008)

Carroll Estes and Theodore (Ted) Marmor will each receive the 2019 Robert M. Ball Award, presented by the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy) at the National Press Club on June 27, 2019. Guest speakers to offer reflections on Carroll Estes’ contributions include Harriet Miers, former White House counsel to George W. Bush, and Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director of Justice in Aging. Speakers reflecting on Ted Marmor’s accomplishments include Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka, and Jerry Mashaw, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School.

Carroll Estes and Ted Marmor have both devoted their careers to social insurance education and policy research. They continue to provide the vocabulary we need to regenerate social insurance for this new Millennium.

Since 2004, the Academy has presented the Robert M. Ball Award to individuals whose recent work has made a significant impact on the U.S. social insurance system. This award honors Bob Ball, Commissioner of Social Security (1962-1973). For over 60 years, Bob Ball worked tirelessly to advance our nation’s social insurance programs.

Carroll Estes is one of the foremost innovative thinkers and educators on the interaction of social insurance with gender, race/ethnicity, and class issues, and she has used this work to inform policymaking in the fields of health, aging, and social insurance. Estes is now Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she founded and directed the campus-wide Institute for Health & Aging, and chaired the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing.

Theodore Marmor has shaped both scholarly and public understandings of social insurance and continues today to be an important voice in debates over health care reform, Medicare, and Social Security. Now a Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management at the Yale School of Management, as well as Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, Marmor’s scholarship in social insurance is wide-ranging, path breaking, and extraordinarily influential.

Since the National Academy of Social Insurance was founded in 1986, it has provided rigorous inquiry and insights into the functioning of our nation’s social insurance programs – Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation. Now comprised of over 1,000 of the nation’s top experts in social insurance and related policies and programs, the Academy studies how social insurance can continue to meet the changing needs of American families, employees, and employers. The Academy also looks at new frontiers for social insurance, including areas of uninsured or underinsured economic risks and related policies. To learn more about the Academy’s work, please visit, or follow @socialinsurance on Twitter.

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