Category Archives: Worker and Family Assistance

Do the Oscars Make You Think of Federal Policy? Yeah, Us Too.

We think about our reports all the time—even when we watch movies. As a tribute to our single-mindedness, today’s WatchBlog is all about how our work relates to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. So, get some popcorn, put your feet up, … Continue reading

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Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About the Earned Income Tax Credit

Do you know whether you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit? For the EITC to work as Congress intended, it’s important that eligible taxpayers are aware of the credit and know how to properly claim it. One of the … Continue reading

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Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Addiction and Recovery (videos)

Over 47,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2014—more than any previous year on record. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death by injury in the country, surpassing auto accidents. To help … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Compare Website (podcast)

About 1.4 million Americans seek care in nursing homes every year. To help them—and their families—make informed choices about selecting the right one, the Nursing Home Compare website allows people to research nursing homes using a Five-Star Quality Rating System. … Continue reading

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Student Loan Income-driven Repayment Plans (podcast)

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans can help borrowers who are struggling to repay their student loans. These plans allow federal student loan borrowers to make lower payments over longer periods of time based on their income. At the end of the … Continue reading

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Rural Challenges, Federal Responses

Moving to a small quiet town surrounded by nature holds appeal for many Americans. However, there are a number of unique challenges to living and working in rural communities, including purchasing homes, building in high-risk areas, and accessing high-speed Internet … Continue reading

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Elder Abuse by Guardians (podcast)

When an older adult becomes incapable of making informed decisions, a state may appoint a guardian with the authority to make decisions on that person’s behalf. While many guardians make these personal and financial decisions in good faith, some have … Continue reading

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401(k) Eligibility and Vesting Policies (podcast)

Millions of Americans depend on their 401(k) retirement plans to sustain them through their later years. It’s money they’ve been setting aside from their paychecks, and in some cases their employers have kicked in funds as well. But not all … Continue reading

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