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  • How Affordable is Flood Insurance in New York City?

    Mar 23, 2017

    Flood insurance is an important part of community resilience, but coverage in New York City is inconsistent, and difficult for many families to afford. However, there are promising financial assistance options.

  • The Life and Times of Zero-Day Software Vulnerabilities

    Mar 9, 2017

    Zero-day software vulnerabilities—security holes that developers haven't fixed or aren't aware of—can lurk undetected for years. They are useful in cyber operations and in defensive and academic settings. Whether to disclose or stockpile them is an ongoing debate.

  • Digital Theft: The New Normal

    Oct 10, 2016

    Absolute data breach prevention is not possible, so knowing what people want when it happens is important. Consumers and corporations alike should accept this risk as a “when,” not an “if,” and prepare for it.

  • Health Insurance and Workers' Compensation Claiming

    Sep 14, 2016

    What impact does changes in health insurance availability have on Workers' Compensation claims? Data from four states show a modest decrease in Workers' Compensation bills following Affordable Care Act expansions.

  • Implementing a Drug Formulary for California's Workers' Compensation Program

    Aug 25, 2016

    A drug formulary for all injured workers covered by California's workers' compensation program should incorporate evidence-based standards of care that best meet the needs of California's injured workers.

  • A Spotlight on the Supreme Court, and Its Vacancy

    Jul 19, 2016

    More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.