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Medicaid: Key Issues Facing the Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

The Medicaid program is undergoing major changes, in part due to the Affordable Care Act.  This report describes key issues that face the program, and how possible changes might affect federal oversight.  Highlights 24 key recommendations made in the past but not yet implemented.  From the Government Accountability Office


Mode Choices of Millennials: How Different? How Enduring?

Categories: Transportation,Virginia Issues

Finds that the workers of the millennial generation, those aged 15-35, have a moderate inclination toward alternative commuting modes such as biking to work, but such patterns are not expected to have a significant effect on future transportation in Hampton Roads.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


2015-16 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Report and analysis on board-approved tuition and fee increases for the 2015-16 academic year, tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, the cost sharing relationship between students and the state, and trends in tuition increases nationally.  The average increase for tuition and mandatory fees is 7.1% for the 15-16 year.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration’s Case

Categories: Congress,Energy,Headlines,Iran,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

Testimony of Secretary of State Kerry before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 7/28/2015 defending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement with Iran.  From the State Department


Multifactor Productivity Trends in Manufacturing, 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

Multifactor productivity in the manufacturing sector declined at a 0.7 percent annual rate in 2013, the third consecutive decline in this measure.  Provides statistics for durable and nondurable manufacturing.  From the  Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employee Benefits in the United States, 2015

Categories: Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Reports that retirement benefits were available to 66% of private industry workers in the U.S. in March 2015, but only to 31% of workers in the lowest wage category.   In state and  local government, 61% of workers in the lowest wage category had access to retirement benefits.  Also covers medical, insurance, and paid leave benefits.  From the  Bureau of Labor Statistics


Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data Summary Report: 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Summary information on the status of the pension funds of nearly 90,000 state and local governments.  Includes average annual benefit payments by state and average active members per beneficiaries by state.  From the Census Bureau


Deaths: Final Data for 2011

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

Presents final 2011 data on U.S. deaths, death rates, life expectancy, infant mortality, and trends by selected characteristics such as age, six, race, Hispanic origin, state of residence, and cause of death.  Life expectancy at birth in 2011 was unchanged from 2010 at 78.7 years.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


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