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  • Office of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento, California, September 20, 2018, photo courtesy of the California Employment Development Department

    Commentary

    Will States Take the Wrong Lesson About Unemployment Insurance's Failings?

    By shoring up all state-run Unemployment Insurance programs equally, Congress set a precedent that it will intervene to raise benefits at no cost to state trust funds. From the states' perspective, why hike taxes on businesses to maintain robust unemployment benefits if Congress will step in when the economy goes south?

    Mar 18, 2021

  • Pros and Cons of Telehealth (Crop)

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    Pros and Cons of Telehealth

    RAND senior policy researcher Lori Uscher-Pines presents the pros and cons of telehealth.

    Mar 17, 2021

  • The Debate over Daylight Saving Time (Crop)

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    The Debate Over Daylight Saving Time

    RAND senior behavioral/social scientist Wendy Troxel discusses the ongoing debate over whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time (DST).

    Mar 16, 2021

  • Woman sitting beside window at home, photo by SimonSkafar/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Domestic Violence Support Staff Need More Help

    During the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, European Union states had a 60 percent increase in emergency calls about intimate-partner violence. Amid a protracted second wave that has led to further lockdowns, it may not be too late to provide the funding and legislative changes necessary to ensure domestic violence service providers can offer crucial support.

    Mar 15, 2021

  • After losing their home to wildfires, Nick Schumacher and his dog Charlie prepare to move into a FEMA trailer in Mill City, Oregon, January 29, 2021, photo by Abigail Dollins/Statesman Journal via Reuters

    Commentary

    For Americans Uprooted by Climate Change, Mental Health Is the Next Crisis

    The challenges climate migrants face are not limited to basic needs, such as housing and employment; displacement may also create trauma. It's imperative that policymakers take mental health into account when devising climate change policies.

    Mar 15, 2021

  • Man talking on telemedicine with doctor, photo by AzmanJaka/Getty Images

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    Growth of Telehealth During Pandemic Occurred Mostly in More Affluent and in Metropolitan Areas

    Increases in the use of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic among people with private insurance has occurred mostly among those who are more affluent and those who live in metropolitan areas.

    Mar 15, 2021

  • U.S. Marines check a barrel for contamination during a training exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, April 30, 2013, photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo/U.S. Marine Corps

    Commentary

    Could the Bioweapons Treaty Be Another Tool for Addressing Pandemics?

    What might governments do to reduce the risk of future large-scale biological attacks or naturally occurring pandemics? Perhaps now is the right time to revisit the 46-year-old Biological Weapons Convention treaty and make it a better tool against future biological threats.

    Mar 12, 2021

  • A doctor calls a patient using a landline, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The Uncertain Future of Audio-Only Visits and Why We Need Them to Address Disparities

    Audio-only health care visits have been instrumental in maintaining access to care during the pandemic. Despite this, coverage for audio-only visits is likely temporary. Devaluing and prematurely casting off a key telemedicine modality could mean the difference between a needed doctor visit and no visit at all.

    Mar 12, 2021

  • Jessica Arana (left) delivering over 1,400 handmade masks to Tia Chucha's cultural center in Sylmar, California, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Blog

    RAND Staff Member Helps Get Masks to Communities in Need

    Jessica Arana, a designer at RAND, volunteers with the Auntie Sewing Squad, a mask-making effort started by comedian Kristina Wong. Arana first donated to the effort but soon became an organizer focused on minority, immigrant, farmworker, and low-income communities.

    Mar 12, 2021

  • People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Anaheim, California, January 13, 2021, photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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    How Game Theory Could Solve the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Puzzle

    The health systems behind the vaccine rollout are attempting to create order from chaos, sometimes with mixed results. Rather than relying on on-the-fly decisionmaking, state authorities should consider turning to game theory as a tool that could be the key to more efficient, faster vaccine distribution.

    Mar 11, 2021

  • Closeup of two peoples' hands holding each other, photo by Obencem/Getty Images

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    Giving Family Caregivers a Voice

    One in every five American adults is caring for a loved one in need. Too often, they have to fight to make their voices heard in a health care system that doesn't always see them as the partners in care they can be. More could be done to integrate them into patients' health care teams.

    Mar 10, 2021

  • Young Black couple asleep in bed, photo by Eva-Katalin/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Don't Let 'Springing Forward' Set You Back in Your Relationship

    When we're sleep-deprived, we're more irritable, more prone to conflict, our communication skills suffer, and we're less empathic. Here are five tips to help you protect the health of your body and your relationship as you and your partner weather the storm of daylight saving time.

    Mar 10, 2021

  • Exploring Workplace Financial Wellbeing Interventions

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    Exploring Workplace Financial Wellbeing Interventions

    Workplace financial wellbeing interventions could offer a key means for addressing rising financial concerns and mental health issues in the workplace. In this video, Christian van Stolk and Jennifer Bousfield describe their findings from an extensive analysis of British and Asian workplace survey data.

    Mar 9, 2021

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    COVID-19 Testing in Schools Complex But Doable, Worth the Effort

    COVID-19 testing can be effectively integrated into K–12 schools' pandemic response plans, helping families and staff feel more comfortable with in-person instruction.

    Mar 9, 2021

  • Anita Chandra speaking at an event, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

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    What Communities Need to Thrive: Q&A with Anita Chandra

    Anita Chandra, vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being, focuses on issues of health, well-being, and equity. She is researching how to create a culture of health, how to address inequities in the U.S. health system, and disaster response and resilience, especially in the context of the pandemic.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • Trenton Duerksen cleans a Triceratops horridus dinosaur on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, September 1, 2020, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters

    Commentary

    Arts Policy During the Pandemic: What Are We Measuring, and What Can We Know?

    Few data sources exist for the labor market for artists. Of the sources that do exist, each measures a different piece of a larger puzzle. Those studying the arts labor market will have to grapple with which data source to use and how “the arts” should be defined before undertaking any analysis.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • High school teacher in classroom with students wearing face masks, photo by RichVintage/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Teachers Have Lost Out on Professional Development. Summer Programs Could Help

    For thousands of teachers across the United States, 2020 was a year of uncertainty. Many lacked access to their usual professional learning activities. Summer programs for students that also offer learning opportunities for teachers might help make up for lost time.

    Mar 5, 2021

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    It Is Time to Transform U.S. Mental Health Care

    RAND health policy researcher Ryan McBain presents reasons why now is the right time to address problems in the U.S. mental health system.

    Mar 2, 2021

  • A senuir Hispanic man in a wheelchair with his adult daughter, photo by kali9/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Family Caregivers Are the Health Care Workers That Vaccination Plans Overlook

    About 53 million family members and friends provide care to loved ones in the United States, representing a critical element of the long-term care system. The pandemic has made family caregivers front-line workers. They can't be left out of important discussions around vaccination priorities and how to minimize the virus's risk to those with compromised health.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • Stethoscope and U.S. one hundred dollar bill with face mask on insurance form, photo by aldarinho/Getty Images

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    ACA Subsidies for Higher-Income Families Are Key to Enrolling More Americans

    The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed several insurance reforms in its emergency COVID-19 relief package, including increasing subsidizes and extending subsidies to people with higher incomes. The proposed combined approach is a far more efficient means of covering uninsured Americans than enhancing subsidies only for those who are currently eligible.

    Mar 1, 2021