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The COVID-19 recession has highlighted the critical role social insurance policies play in mitigating the hardships that workers and families can experience. The social insurance system includes programs that provide income support; help people secure or afford necessities such as food, housing, and health care coverage; and provide services that improve economic opportunity such as education and job training as well as child care. Policymakers should consider how these programs’ effectiveness could be enhanced, both during economic downturns and in normal economic times.
On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast examining reforms to the social insurance system. The webcast will include opening remarks from former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell, as well as Q&A with former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Jason Furman. The webcast will also feature a conversation between Brian Deese, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, and Robert Greenstein, visiting fellow at The Hamilton Project.
The webcast event will coincide with the release of a new Hamilton Project framing paper that examines the critical role the social insurance system plays in our economy and highlights Hamilton Project policy proposals in this area.
Director, The Hamilton Project, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
Sylvia M. Burwell
President, American University
Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Director, National Economic Council, Executive Office of the President
Visiting Fellow, The Hamilton Project, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution