Study Finds Greater Connections Among Human Services
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on state efforts to strengthen connections between health and human services programs for low-income and disadvantaged populations. The report found evidence of increased data interoperability and systems integration since 2010, though it also noted barriers to further progress. Rockefeller Institute researchers Thomas Gais and Erika Martin collaborated with MEF Associates and the American Public Human Services Association in conducting the study.
Public Pension Investment Risk-Taking May Result in Future Challenges
The latest report from the Rockefeller Institute’s Pension Simulation Project examines the difficult choices public pension funds faced as interest rates fell over the last 25 years. Public plans generally increased investment risk in an effort to avoid lowering expected investment returns, creating substantial potential for plans to become severely underfunded or to require sharp increases in government contributions in the future. This is the fourth report of the Pension Simulation Project, supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.
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Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Presentation Now on the web
The keynote remarks of Lisa Bova-Hiatt, executive director of the New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), at the recently held Rockefeller Institute/GOSR conference, Enhancing Governance Through Research: The Role of Research and Analysis in Storm Recovery and Resiliency Planning, are now available. The partnership between GOSR and the Institute began in May 2014, approximately one year after GOSR was established, and 18 months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York State.
Observation: Understanding and Awareness Key in Climate Change Debate
Writer and Rockefeller Institute Alum Mark Marchand considers the ongoing debate on climate change presented in a recent Rockefeller Institute/University at Albany Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences forum on severe weather. The event, held November 10th, was the third in an annual series.
State and Local Taxes Decline; Proposed Federal Tax Reform Fuels Uncertainty
State and local government revenue from major taxes tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau declined by 0.5 percent in the second quarter of 2016 compared to a year earlier. This represents a substantial slowing from the 5.0 percent average growth for the four previous quarters, according to the just-released State Revenue Report. The report also outlines potential behavioral responses by taxpayers in anticipation of post-election federal tax reform, and notes how these responses could affect state tax revenues.
ACA Implementation Research Network
Twenty-Seven Baseline Reports In, with More to Come
The Rockefeller Institute of SUNY, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of the University of Pennsylvania are coordinating a network of indigenous field researchers in 40 states to analyze the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide objective reports that can assist the public, governments, service providers, and experts in the process of reforming American health care. To date, 27 baseline state reports have been published, along with two regional overview reports on state experiences in the West and the South. To access the reports, go to the link below and click on the map for the states that have issued reports.
Rhode Island ACA Report Points to Government Commitment Since Program’s Earliest Days
David A. Rochefort of Northeastern University and Marie Ganim of the Rhode Island State Senate and Rhode Island College have released an analysis of Rhode Island’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) underscoring the significance of strong, early support by top state political leaders in creating a vigorous program of health reform closely linked with policy changes at the federal level.
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Boyd Reacts to Actuarial Standard Board’s Proposed Policy on Pension Risk
Rockefeller Institute Director of Fiscal Policy Don Boyd has released comments on the Actuarial Standard Board’s (ASB) Proposed Actuarial Standard of Practice: “Assessment and Disclosure of Risk Associated with Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Contributions.” The ASB establishes and improves standards of actuarial practice.
Gambling Research Sparks National/International Attention
Interest in the Rockefeller Institute’s recent report on the impact of gambling on state fiscal health has peaked in recent months as state and national media organizations have cited the Institute’s findings. The report’s author, Dr. Lucy Dadayan, has also been a featured presenter at national association conferences both in the United States and in Canada. Her presentations drew from the April 2016 Blinken Report, entitled State Revenues from Gambling: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Disappointment.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Work in Progress
Richard P. Nathan, senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, summarizes several findings from the 40-state ACA Implementation Research Network and notes surprises and challenges revealed during the ACA’s implementation to date. The network is jointly operated by the Rockefeller Institute and the Brookings Institution.
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New York State ACA Experience Highlighted in Report/Forum
While many states have resisted or struggled with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its rollout in New York has been relatively smooth. This and other findings were presented at a forum at the Rockefeller Institute on June 6th by Sarah Liebschutz.
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More Research Needed to Strengthen HIV Care Delivery and Workforce, Study Says
Researchers from leading national health policy and clinical institutions have recommended that rigorous research on HIV care delivery models, including the HIV workforce, in diverse communities across the country is urgently needed. The new article, "Clinical
Outcomes of HIV Care Delivery Models in the US: A Systematic Review," published in AIDS Care, was led by April Kimmel of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and featured the collaboration of Erika Martin, director of health policy studies for the Rockefeller Institute.
Case Study of NYS’s Response to Extreme Weather Events
This research report presents an innovative case of state-level post-disaster resiliency planning and management in New York. The report also analyzes its performance compared to previous post-disaster federal efforts. It shows that the state’s “Managed-Participatory” approach facilitated production of strong community reconstruction plans by encouraging rigorous local participation and strengthening links between communities and policymakers.
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Study to Enhance Applied Learning Opportunities for Students
SUNY and the Rockefeller Institute have released a research report and a supplement on applied learning at colleges and universities world-wide. According to SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, "With this research in hand, SUNY will continue expanding internships, cooperative education, clinical placements, service learning and other valuable work-based learning experiences for students and partnering with our colleagues across New York to ensure that the state's workforce needs can be met by SUNY graduates."