Making Coverage Decisions

Social Security Actuarial Balance and the Labor Force Participation Rates

May 2003, Vol. 24, No. 5
Paperback, 20 pp.
PDF, 216 kb
Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2003

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Executive Summary

Making Coverage Decisions—This article reports on the proceedings of ECRI's 10th Annual Conference on Healthcare Policy, Law, and Methodology, held Oct. 29-30, 2002, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The discussion focused on how evidence reviews based on the relatively new science of research synthesis will play an increasingly important role not only in the practice of medicine but also in the business of health care.

Social Security Actuarial Balance and the Labor Force Participation Rates—An investigation of the impact of the assumed value of the labor force participation rate on the OASDI trust funds' actuarial balance finds that further changes to the program—beyond increased participation—will be needed to achieve a sustainable funding level.