Thinking Policy

Two leaders in the field of nursing, recently conducted an informal online survey asking nurses how the public, their patients and their friends and families can support nurses. Distilling the responses into ten key actions, they propose that if everyone in this country did just one, we could begin to heal the heart of health care.
Despite the demand for an educated workforce, college enrollment continues to trend downward.
This blog is first in a new series on ‘Savings and the Economy’. The series provides data-driven insights on the implications of economic instability for household savings and discussions on policies that enable financial wellbeing.
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Although COVID-19 had a sudden, profound impact on the U.S. economy, its impact on the fiscal health of Social Security has been modest.
Making recent changes to the earned income tax credit (EITC) permanent would help older workers and boost the workforce.
Carrie Blakeway Amero standing on front steps with her grandparents
The nursing home industry and the agencies that oversee it are slowing coming around to including consumer experience feedback in the informational tools available to families trying to choose a facility.
Woman speaking to receptionist at medical office
South Dakota voters expand Medicaid, improving healthcare access for thousands. Eleven states have yet to expand Medicaid.
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The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a key piece of equitable banking legislation, is on the brink of significant modernization. This moment represents an important opportunity to craft effective policy for today, particularly with inequity now being at a level of public consciousness unseen in generations.
Three people sitting and using a computer.
As the Financial Security Trend Survey shows, the important role of policy – both public and private – are key components to improving financial health.
Dentist takes x-rays of patient's mouth
A promising recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare program, could result in improved access to dental coverage for people with Medicare.
A recent AARP Public Policy Institute report found that influenza, pneumonia, and shingles vaccinations increased among adults ages 50 and older in 2020, though disparities continued.
Today, on the UN International Day of Older Persons, Jean Accius celebrates the vital contributions of his grandmother, Anouca, and others like her.
During the 2020-2021 flu season, adults 65 and older for the first time surpassed a certain flu vaccination goal, and by a significant margin