Half a century ago, the global medical community united to wipe out smallpox, an infectious disease that afflicted mankind for millennia. In 1966, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Smallpox Eradication Programme, which sent Western doctors to vaccinate the populations of nations and communities around the globe where smallpox was still rampant. No place where smallpox cases had been reported, or where the local population was not vaccinated, was overlooked by WHO medical teams, no matter how remote the village or how dangerous the journey. By 1980, after just 14 years of intense global collaboration, smallpox had been eradicated. The magnitude of this achievement cannot be overstated.

If retirement sponsors and record-keepers across the U.S. demonstrate this level of dedication to improving the financial well-being of all hardworking Americans, they could put a stop to tens of billions of dollars leaving our nation’s retirement system due to cash-outs.

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