As the next Medicare annual open enrollment period approaches, millions of Medicare beneficiaries must decide whether to change their coverage options. AIR researchers found that many beneficiaries are overwhelmed by Medicare’s complexity and could benefit from one-on-one counseling to help them make better choices.
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6 Jun 2016
Although Medicare was established as a “pay as you go” program—with current taxpayers contributing to pay for the costs of current beneficiaries—many observers of Medicare question what individuals pay over their lifetimes compared to what they receive in benefits. This brief takes a critical look at this line of reasoning and generates a lifetime measure of contributions and benefits.
20 Apr 2016
Data show that LGBTQ youth represent up to 40% of the approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the United States. To address this issue the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative. This report summarizes AIR's review of the planning phase of the initiative.
12 Oct 2016
The age when citizens can collect full Social Security retirement benefits is rising as people stay in the workforce longer, slowly fraying the enrollment link between Social Security and Medicare and increasing confusion. This brief addresses the problems that result and suggests solutions.
22 Jun 2016
California’s Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 established transitional kindergarten (TK), the first year of a two-year kindergarten program for students affected by the change in the birthdate cutoff. This fifth short report in a series highlighting findings from the Study of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program focuses on what we have learned about the structure, teachers, and instruction in TK classrooms in the 2014–15 school year.
26 May 2016
The Ten Series
High-quality preschool programs can have far reaching benefits for kids, parents, and communities—and they can provide a high return on initial investments. This 10 Series report summarizes our key findings about local preschool initiatives in 10 U.S. communities.
6 Jun 2016
The debate over Medicare’s future takes many forms. At its most basic, the issue is whether we can (or want to) afford Medicare. This series of issue briefs addresses key questions concerning the future of Medicare and how that will affect taxpayers and beneficiaries over time.
1 Dec 2016
The 12 chapters of the Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence: A 2014-15 Snapshot report comprehensively explore the challenges facing transitional housing programs and the survivors of domestic and sexual violence they serve, the underlying issues and contributing factors, and the diverse approaches that programs take to address those challenges.