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State Spotlight: Washington’s Multi-Faceted Approach to Worker Safety and Compensation During COVID is Paying Off

Introduction States’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to workers’ compensation policy will likely prove an important factor in providing critical support to workers while protecting employers from liability. However, state workers’ compensation programs, as currently constructed, are not well-designed to protect even front-line workers who are disproportionately vulnerable

November 24th, 2020|

Executive Summary: Workers’ Compensation: Benefits, Costs, and Coverage (2018 Data)

Workers’ compensation insures millions of workers and their families against the risks associated with lost wages and medical costs in the event of injury on the job, workrelated illness and, in extreme cases, the death of a worker. It is the only social insurance system run almost entirely by states, with no federal guidelines. Despite being a core component of the U.S. social insurance ecosystem, workers’ compensation often receives less attention than other SI programs, like Social Security and Medicare, in part because it has no federal aspect.

November 2nd, 2020|

Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2020 Trustees Report

Each year, the Report of the Social Security Trustees updates projections about the future finances of Social Security’s two trust funds, the Old-Age and Survivors (OASI) Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. The 2020 Social Security Trustees Report projects that revenues will be sufficient to pay all scheduled benefits until 2035 and three-quarters of scheduled benefits thereafter. The DI Trust Fund is now projected to cover scheduled benefits until 2065 (compared with 2052 in last year’s Trustees Report), and the OASI Trust Fund until 2034 (the same projection as last year’s report). On a combined OASDI basis, Social Security is fully funded until 2035 but faces a projected shortfall thereafter if Congress does not act before then.

May 1st, 2020|

Fact Sheet: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Uninsured

This fact sheet focuses on provisions of the COVID-19 legislative packages that directly impact Medicare, Medicaid, and the uninsured population. The bills include many provisions to support the Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide greater access to testing for uninsured patients, however, there are still major gaps related to coverage of COVID-19 treatment, affordability of health coverage, and surprise medical billing.

The COVID-19 response legislation includes various provisions to increase the availability of telehealth and home health services for Medicare beneficiaries, increase provider payments, and ensure coverage of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COVID-19 testing services with no cost-sharing or utilization management.

April 24th, 2020|

Medicare Finances: Findings of the 2020 Trustees Report

Medicare provides health insurance coverage to about 61 million Americans – 52.6 million ages 65 and older and 8.7 million persons with disabilities – and is one of the nation’s largest sources of health coverage. Close to 20 percent of U.S. health expenditures flow through Medicare, which provides coverage for about one of every six people residing in the country.

April 23rd, 2020|

Social Security Early Commencement Benefits

A problem that many vulnerable older Americans face is the prospect of not being able to stay at the same job they have been doing, needing to cut back on hours due to physical strain, the need to take care of an older parent or ailing spouse, or lack of availability of sufficient hours at the type of job they are still able to undertake. As a result, with insufficient income to survive, these pre-full-retirement age workers have no choice but to claim Social Security benefits early, in many cases at the earliest possible age of 62, with substantial negative consequences for the rest of their lives.

December 11th, 2019|
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