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In the past two decades, equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWDs) have been outlined and guaranteed through two federal acts: the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Intended to increase access to high-quality workforce services and preparation for competitive integrated employment, these federal acts set precedent for

By mid-May, COVID-19 had killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War combined. The magnitude of this pandemic—and its disproportionately deadly assault on Black communities—is astounding. In Mississippi, Black Americans account for 38 percent of the population and 66 percent of COVID-19 related deaths. In Michigan, those figures are

As a first-generation immigrant and young person of color, I constantly ask myself this question: “What does it mean to be an American?”  Watching Black lives lost at the hands of unchecked police brutality, countless deaths from COVID-19 due to unmitigated failures in leadership, and the collapse of our severely fractured welfare state, I feel

For the first time in US history, the House of Representatives will vote to grant Washington, DC, full congressional representation. While press coverage has focused on the gains for Washingtonians, there are material benefits this move will bring for the rest of the country as well—especially as we address the deep wounds of institutionalized racism.

Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of health care continues to rise faster than wages, and millions of Americans are uninsured or underinsured—a toxic combination during a global pandemic.  While further action on the Hill has stalled, several state legislatures have sought to go beyond the ACA by

We’ve long known this: A health care system hinged on employer-sponsored insurance is unequal, inefficient, and ill-equipped for an employment crisis. Amid a global pandemic and unprecedented job loss, no one can argue this: The US’s patchwork health insurance system has needlessly imperiled the lives and economic security of many, especially our nation’s most vulnerable. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 25, 2020 CONTACT:Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org A Public Option: 10 Years after the ACA, States Are Making ProgressA Roosevelt report assesses the ways state-based public options balance affordability with expanded access to medical care New York, NY—March 23, 2020, marked 10 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That date

As the United States grapples with ongoing social, health, and economic crises, policymakers are considering—and enacting—major changes at all levels of government. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes bolstering existing programs, like unemployment insurance, and creating new initiatives, like grants and loans for small businesses and a new paid sick leave benefit. And

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 17, 2020 CONTACT:Alice Janigro, ajanigro@rooseveltinstitute.org Roosevelt Network Releases 12th Annual 10 Ideas JournalLatest edition highlights student-driven policy proposals that tackle local and regional injustices New York, NY—Today, the Roosevelt Network, a national network that supports emerging policymakers, researchers, and advocates, announced the release of its 12th annual 10 Ideas journal. Selected from

Launching 10 Ideas 2020

Like much of this year, this launch of 10 Ideas feels unlike any other. Even before the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, we’ve been living in a moment eerily parallel to the time of FDR and Eleanor. Right-wing populism and oligarchy are on the rise around the globe, and vast inequality is entrenched in our