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Poor families first: Challenges of the ‘stimulus checks’ in the United States’

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 09/16/2022 - 15:49

ipcig.org (01.09.2022) Economic Impact Payments (EIPs)—commonly referred to as ‘stimulus checks’—were one of the key measures adopted by the US government to ease the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. By May 2022, USD817 billion had been distributed to about 85 per cent of US households. However, those most in need faced many obstacles to receive the benefits, or never even received them. This Policy Research Brief examines some aspects of the operationalisation of this initiative and provides suggestions for future improvement.

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The critical role of social insurance in the US and policies for reform

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 07/04/2022 - 16:29

 (June 2022) In 2021, The Hamilton Project has been doing a deep dive into social insurance in the United States. Our capstone analysis shows that social insurance plays a critical role for workers and families – both in times of crisis, as exhibited by the pandemic and ensuing economic recession, and in normal economic times. The social insurance system also helps buffer the economy when growth falters, supporting consumer purchasing power when income growth is weak. 

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United States
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Social Policies & Programmes
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US: Lessons learned from expanded unemployment insurance during COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 05/06/2022 - 14:54

brookings.edu (27.05.2022) The COVID-19 recession was born out of a public health threat. Thus, unemployment insurance (UI) was meant to insure people against income losses associated not just with involuntary job loss, as in a usual recession, but also with the choice not to work due to the public health risk.

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The Benefits and Costs of a U.S. Child Allowance

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 03/25/2022 - 16:55

 NBER (March 2022) We conduct a benefit-cost analysis of a U.S. child allowance, based on a systematic literature review of the highest quality available causal evidence on the short- and long-term effects of cash and near-cash transfers. In contrast to the previous studies we synthesize, which tend to measure a subset of benefits and costs available in a particular dataset, we establish a comprehensive accounting of potential effects and secure estimates of each.

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United States
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Family benefits
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California could become first US state to offer universal healthcare to residents

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:46

theguardian.com (11.01.2022) California is considering creating the first government-funded, universal healthcare system in the US for state residents. The proposal, which lawmakers will begin debating on Tuesday, would adopt a single-payer healthcare system that would replace the need for private insurance plans.

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United States
Global challenges
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Health
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3.6 million social security numbers exposed in unprecedented South Carolina cyber attack - The Verge

Submitted by rruggia on Thu, 10/21/2021 - 10:31

"This is not a good day for South Carolina." That was Governor Nikki Haley's public reaction to news that a foreign hacker had infiltrated South Carolina's Department of Revenue and made off with 3.6 million social security numbers and 387,000 credit/debit card numbers. Of the compromised cards, state officials believe only 16,000 were unencrypted, though the staggering social security breach affects more than half of South Carolina's 4.6 million population. Governor Nikki Haley held a presser earlier this afternoon confirming the attack — first uncovered by WLTX Columbia.

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United States
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Security
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US: The new child tax credit does more than just cut poverty

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 09/28/2021 - 16:53

brookings.edu (24.09.2021) With COVID-19’s disruptions in employment, child care, and education, it is unsurprising that child poverty substantially increased in 2020—roughly 1.2 million more children were living in poverty in 2020 when compared to 2019 (an increase from 15.7% to 17.5%).

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United States
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Transforming Long-Term Care Pain Management in North America: The Policy-Clinical Interface | Request PDF

Submitted by rruggia on Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:59

Authors:

  • Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, University of Regina
  • Gregory Marchildon, University of Toronto
  • Perry G Fine, University of Utah
  • Keela Herr, University of Iowa
  • Howard A. Palley, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Sharon Kaasalainen, McMaster University
  • Francois Beland, Université de Montréal
     

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Long-term care

US: Most Rental Assistant Funds Not Yet Distributed, Figures Show

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 08/26/2021 - 16:20

 The New York Times (25.08.2021) Just $1.7 billion in funds intended to prevent eviction were disbursed in July as the White House braces for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down its eviction moratorium.

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United States
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US Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed challenge to Obamacare

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:28

bbc.com (18.06.2021) The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump-backed challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Despite the court's conservative tilt, its nine justices ruled by 7-2 that the challengers did not have legal standing to sue. It is the third time since 2010 that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, has survived a challenge. The law gave millions of low-income Americans access to medical insurance.

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United States
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Health
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