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January 19, 2010 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Economic SnapshotBy Alexander Hertel-Fernandez Inequality is strongly associated with poorer health. In fact, the level of inequality in any given society may actually be more important than the overall level of wealth for a variety of health conditions.
October 22, 2009 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Issue BriefWhat the national debt, Medicare, and Social Security mean for future generations Debt is a concept we can all relate to.
September 2, 2009 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Analysis and OpinionSeniors receiving social security benefits are on track to receive a “zero” cost of living adjustment (COLA) next year. That would make 2010 the first year since the government began automatically adjusting benefits according to inflation in 1975 that there has been no cost of living increase.
July 27, 2009 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Quick TakesA July 27 report from The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) finds that the health care reform outlined in draft legislation “would reduce the current burdens on small firms and their workers.” The CEA report outlines the benefits of a national insurance exchange that offers true competition between insurers, and bans both the exclusion of individuals with pre-existing conditions as well as the pricing of premiums based on health status, gender or age.
April 23, 2009 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Policy MemoMany leading policy makers, including President Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, have argued that the creation of a public insurance plan is a necessary part of comprehensive U.S.
January 28, 2009 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Economic SnapshotEconomic Snapshot for January 28, 2009 COBRA expansion won’t benefit most low-income workers by Alexander Hertel A variety of minor changes to COBRA—a federal program that allows recently laid-off workers to continue enrollment with their workplace health insurance for 18 months—have been proposed as part of the economic stimulus package currently under debate.
August 11, 2008 | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez | Issue BriefAugust 12, 2008 | EPI Issue Brief #246 Social Security: Here today, still here tomorrow Why today’s young workers should be confident about the program’s future By Alexander Hertel This August 14th Social Security will celebrate its 73rd anniversary, a good time to reflect upon a program that allows us to retire after a lifetime of work and keeps millions of people out of poverty.