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Universal Family Care: Policy Options for Families in the 21st Century

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National Press Club Ballroom

529 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20045

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Family members are often the first people we turn to when we need care, and, in return, they rely on us in their times of need. Yet providing care has become unmanageable for many families – or only at tremendous cost to people’s emotional, physical and financial health. As care needs, the labor market, and family structures continue to evolve, policymakers and advocates are seeking broad solutions to strengthen the economic security of working families across the nation.

Join us for the release of a special report by the National Academy of Social Insurance, which examines a number of different policy options that states can implement under the umbrella of Universal Family Care: a strong foundation of social insurance programs that would innovatively pool the costs of care across the lifespan, enabling families to access and afford the care they need to work and live well at every stage of life.

Speakers will present the policy options identified in the report and discuss their implications for families, workers, states, and the economy.

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  • Panel 1: State Decision Points in Creating Universal Early Child Care & Education, Paid Family & Medical Leave, and Long-Term Services & Supports

  • Panel 2: An Integrated Approach: Universal Family Care

  • Panel 3: Discussion of Findings: Implications for Families, States, and the Economy


Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership and International Affairs (Interim), AARP

  • William J. Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

  • Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

  • Alexandra Bradley, Lead Policy Analyst, Academy Study Panel

  • Henry Claypool, Policy Director, Community Living Policy Center, University of California, San Francisco

  • Marc Cohen, Panel Co-Chair and Professor, UMass/Boston; Co-Director, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston; Research Director, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst

  • Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions

  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality

  • Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)

  • Sarita Gupta, Co-Director, Caring Across Generations; Co-executive Director, Jobs with Justice

  • Heidi Hartmann, Study Panel Co-Chair and President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Economist in Residence, American University; MacArthur Fellow

  • Ray Pepin, Disability Insurance (TDI) Administrator, Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training

  • Ai-jen Poo, Co-Director, Caring Across Generations; Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; MacArthur Fellow

  • Benjamin Veghte, Study Panel Director, National Academy of Social Insurance and Research Director, Caring Across Generations

  • Anna Wadia, Senior Program Officer, Future of Work, Ford Foundation

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