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Report reveals millions of young adults use illicit substances every day

“According to SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) data, on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens, and 17,868 used inhalants.  Drinking was also prevalent among this age group.  In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol.  Even more concerning, thisContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Export-Import Bank, Medicare Fraud, Traffic Safety

AVIATION SAFETY: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management, GAO-14-516: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Status of GAO Recommendations on Risk Management, Exposure Forecasting, and Workload Issues, GAO-14-708T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. INFORMATION SECURITY: Additional Oversight Needed to Improve Programs at Small Agencies, GAO-14-344: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Health Insurance Rates and Rate Review

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics - This Data Brief was written by Scott E. Harrington, PhD and Janet Weiner, MPH. “Health insurers participating in the new Marketplaces are filing rates for 2015 during the next few months. A few states have already released data on proposed rates. There is substantial economic, policy, and political interestContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Combatting Terrorism, Explosive Detection Canines, Prepositioned Stocks, Private Health Insurance, Transportation Security Info Sharing

COMBATING TERRORISM: U.S. Efforts in Northwest Africa Would Be Strengthened by Enhanced Program Management, GAO-14-518: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. EXPLOSIVES DETECTION CANINES: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines, GAO-14-695T: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. PREPOSITIONED STOCKS: DOD’s Strategic Policy and ImplementationContinue Reading

Policies to Address Poverty in America

“Millions of people live in poverty in this country. They suffer not only material deprivation, but also the hardships and diminished life prospects that come with being poor. Childhood poverty often means growing up without the advantages of a stable home, high-quality schools, or consistent nutrition. Adults in poverty are often hampered by inadequate skillsContinue Reading

Coverage Effects of Limiting the Tax Exclusion for Employment-Based Health Insurance

Presentation at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists, June 23, 2014 by Allison Percy, Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office.

New GAO Reports – Advanced Reactor Research, Debt Management, DOD Financial Management, Maritime Security, Medicaid, Telecommunications, Spina Bifida

ADVANCED REACTOR RESEARCH: DOE Supports Multiple Technologies, but Actions Needed to Ensure a Prototype Is Built, GAO-14-545: Published: Jun 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2014. DEBT MANAGEMENT: Floating Rate Notes Can Help Treasury Meet Borrowing Goals, but Additional Actions Are Needed to Help Manage Risk, GAO-14-535: Published: Jun 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2014. DEBT MANAGEMENT: Survey of Investors inContinue Reading

Why do people persist in believing things that aren’t true?

Maria Konnikova, New Yorker [snipped] – “Last month, Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. They had followed a group of almost two thousand parents, all of whom had at least oneContinue Reading

UK Guardian – Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions?

Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will they adapt to the digital age? “Last year, reporters for the Associated Press attempted to figure out which jobs were being lost to new technology.Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – NASA Export Controls, Tobacco Product Regulation

EXPORT CONTROLS: NASA Management Action and Improved Oversight Needed to Reduce the Risk of Unauthorized Access to Its Technologies, GAO-14-690T: Published: Jun 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2014. TOBACCO PRODUCT REGULATION: Most FDA Spending Funded Public Education, Regulatory Science, and Compliance and Enforcement Activities, GAO-14-561: Published: Jun 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2014.

The Future of the State – Wharton

“Recent trends show a rapid expansion of state activity in some parts of the emerging world at the same time that social programs in education, health care, unemployment benefits and old-age pensions have stagnated or even retrenched in the advanced industrial economies. In addition, the recent global financial crisis has triggered an increasing presence of theContinue Reading

HSA Balances, Contributions, Distributions, and Other Vital Statistics

“Fronstin, Paul, HSA Balances, Contributions, Distributions, and Other Vital Statistics — A First Look at Data from the EBRI HSA Database on the 10th Anniversary of the HSA (June 2014). EBRI Issue Brief, Number 400 (June 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of health savings accountsContinue Reading