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Director, WA Cares Fund, Washinton State Department of Social and Health Services

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Benjamin W. Veghte's work focuses on developing policies that improve the economic security of workers and help them balance the responsibilities of work and family caregiving. He is Director of the WA Cares Fund, the nation's first universal long-term care insurance program. Veghte studied the history of European social policy during his Ph.D. studies at the University of Chicago, to gain a deeper understanding of how other capitalist democracies have come to terms with issues of social inequality. While doing his field work in Germany he took a position at the University of Bremen, where he taught comparative social policy as an Assistant Professor of Political Science until 2008. He also worked as a Social Policy consultant for the European Union, working on projects which advised EU accession countries on how to harmonize their social policies with EU standards. His research and teaching have focused on social insurance, antipoverty and housing policy in the U.S. and Western Europe. In 2008/9 he earned a Mid-Career MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, focusing on antipoverty policy research and advocacy, and statistics. In 2009 he joined the National Academy of Social Insurance, conducting research on social insurance issues. In 2011/12 he helped launch the Scholars Strategy Network at Harvard University, an initiative seeking to leverage the expertise of leading progressive scholars around the country to better inform public policy and enhance our democratic process. He directed research and policy at Social Security Works from 2012-15, and led all policy work at the National Academy of Social Insurance from 2015-18. From July, 2018 through March, 2020, he led the research portfolio at Caring Across Generations.

Keywords: social insurance, social policy, long-term care, social inequality, health insurance, retirement security, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, paid leave, Europe, Germany, France, comparative politics, comparative social policy