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Increasing Retirement Savings

A discussion about state and federal proposals to boost access to private sector retirement plans

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Workers in the United States accumulate the vast majority of their retirement savings through employer-based plans, but large gaps in coverage exist. A recent analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that more than 30 million private-sector workers report they do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan.

On April 12, 2016, Pew’s retirement savings project will host a discussion in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center with experts on state and federal approaches to ensure that more Americans have the opportunity to save sufficient amounts for retirement.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, will deliver opening remarks.

John Scott, director of Pew’s retirement savings project:
Increasing Retirement Savings: A discussion about state and federal proposals to boost access to private sector retirement plans

Debra Whitman, chief public policy officer, AARP:
Work and Save

James A. Klein, president, American Benefits Council:
Increasing Retirement Savings: State and Federal Proposals to Address Access to Private Sector Retirement Plans

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Event Details

Date:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Time:
8:30-10:30 AM EDT

Location:
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center,
Room SVC 208-209

Media Contact

Esther Berg

Officer, Communications

202.552.2283