New Book Explores Problems of Health Coverage and Income Security of Aging Workforce. (Brief Reports: Policy Analysis and Management)

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HOW CAN THE United States ensure that health and income security programs are adequate for an aging workforce as retirement approaches? What risks do older workers face? What if they lose their jobs or become disabled or ill? How should public policy be shaped to ensure that workers' needs are met in retirement?

These questions are explored in a new book, Ensuring Health and Security for an Aging Workforce, published by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (2001) and co-edited by Richard Burkhauser, professor of policy analysis and management, and three of his colleagues--Peter Budetti of Northwestern University, Janice Gregory of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Industry Committee, and H. Allan Hunt of the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

"As the baby boom generation approaches retirement age, the number of older workers in this country is going to almost double over the next 20 years," says Burkhauser, an economist and specialist on how public policies affect the economic behavior and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. "This bulge in the workforce will require a transformation in how public and private programs support these individuals at work and in retirement. …