Older women experience higher poverty rates than older men. They also, as a rule, receive lower Social Security benefits.
From time to time, Social Security’s long-term solvency challenges have been used to justify basic structural changes.
Policymakers must maintain adequate funding rules for defined-benefit pension plans.
Employers should be required to keep plan participants informed adequately and in a timely manner about the state of plan funding.
The Department of Labor must stringently enforce fiduciary rules to ensure that pensions are handled prudently and in the best interest of plan participants and beneficiarie
Public retirement systems should establish a maximum vesting period of five years for DB plans and one year for employers’ matching contributions to defined contribution or hybrid plans.
States and localities should move toward full funding of their retirement systems.
The federal government subsidizes and incentivizes retirement savings through tax benefits for both individuals and employers.
Minimum distribution requirements for retirement savings should periodically be examined to reflect changes in life expectancy and income needs at older ages while ensuring the collection of deferr