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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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2456259 “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of health savings accountsContinue Reading

Nature Outlook – Cancer

Free full access “Cancer kills millions of people across the globe every year. But the development of targeted medicines, novel drug delivery technologies and clinical research data offer a glimpse towards a cancer-free future. This Outlook – a joint publication by Nature and Scientific American – examines the scientific advances that are needed to propel us into a world whereContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding, Coast Guard Acquisitions, Defense Health Care, Medicaid, VA Health Care

AIRPORT FUNDING: Aviation Industry Changes Affect Airport Development Costs and Financing, GAO-14-658T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-650T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-450: Published: Jun 5, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

OECD Factbook 2014

OECD (2014), OECD Factbook 2014: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics, OECD Publishing. doi: 10.1787/factbook-2014-en “OECD’s dynamic and comprehensive statistical annual showing a wide range of key statistics for its member countries and major additional countries. For each indicator presented, there is explanatory text including a definition, explanation of long-term trends, and references; a table showing the indicator over aContinue Reading

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

The Commonwealth Fund: “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, theContinue Reading