Reforming Medicare: What does the public think?
Cohosted by AEI and the Brookings Institution

About This Event

If you were to redesign Medicare without spending more money, what would you keep and what would you change? A new report on a Center for Healthcare Decisions program provides insight into the public’s willingness to restructure Medicare in the face of tightening budget constraints. Using an interactive, computer-based system, program participants faced the challenge of making Medicare more responsive to the needs of current and future beneficiaries.
Were participants willing to accept limits on their choice of provider or reduced coverage of low-value medical care? Would they accept the need for greater personal responsibility in their use of health services? Would they agree that Medicare should adopt other policies to promote fiscal responsibility?
We welcome you to join us as a panel of distinguished experts explore the implications of the report and the consumer role in shaping the future of Medicare.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


9:00 AM

9:15 AM
Opening Remarks:
Joseph Antos, AEI

9:20 AM
Keynote Speaker:
Marge Ginsburg, Center for Healthcare Decisions

10:00 AM
Marge Ginsburg, Center for Healthcare Decisions
Robert Moffitt, Heritage Foundation
Kavita Patel, Brookings Institution
John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

Joseph Antos, AEI

11:00 AM

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Speaker Biographies

Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at AEI. He recently completed a seven-year term as health adviser to the Congressional Budget Office, and two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. In 2013, he was also named adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University. His research focuses on the economics of health policy, including Medicare and broader health system reform, health care financing and the budget, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured.

Marjorie Ginsburg is the founding director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHCD), which is committed to bringing the public voice to complex health care policy issues. Starting with the topic of end-of-life care, over the years Ginsburg has led CHCD in exploring issues such as using cost-effectiveness as a coverage criterion, designing employee health care benefits when options exceed resources, the priorities of Medi-Cal members if California is going to cut the budget, deciding what basic benefits looked like before the Affordable Care Act, prioritizing the components of hospital quality, and identifying the principles for fair cost sharing within Covered California. Ginsburg currently serves on the board of directors of the National Quality Forum, Integrated Healthcare Association, and California Hospital Assessment & Reporting Task Force and on the national Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee for Performance Measurement. She is also a member of the Medi-Cal Performance Advisory Committee. In 2011, she served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Essential Health Benefits.

Robert Moffitt is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has worked since September 1995. Before assuming this position, he was professor of economics at Brown University, where he taught for 11 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Maryland and worked for several years at Mathematica Policy Research. Moffitt researches the economics of the labor market, the family, and welfare systems for the poor. He has also studied statistical methodological issues in social science research. During the term of his Guggenheim Fellowship, he will study the increase in volatility of earnings in the US labor market. Moffitt is the chief editor of American Economic Review, past coeditor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and serves on several government advisory committees and commissions. He is an active participant in federal and state policy gatherings on welfare reform and other social policy issues and is currently vice president of the Population Association of America. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Kavita Patel is the managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Patel leads research on delivery system reform, health care financing, physician payment reform, and health care workforce development. She is also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a clinical instructor at University of California, Los Angeles's Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Patel was previously a director of policy for the White House under President Obama and a senior adviser to the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Her prior research in health care quality and community approaches to mental illness has earned national recognition, and she has published numerous papers and book chapters on health care reform and health policy. She has testified before Congress several times and is a frequent guest expert on CBS, NBC, and MSNBC and serves on the editorial board of Health Affairs.

John Rother is the president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care. Before joining the coalition in 2011, Rother served as the long-time executive vice president for policy, strategy, and international affairs at the American Association of Retired Persons. From 1981 to 1984, Rother was staff director and chief counsel at the US Senate Special Committee on Aging under the direction of Chairman John Heinz (R-PA). From 1977 to1981, he served as special counsel for labor and health to Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, National Academy of Social Insurance, and Gerontological Society of America. Rother serves on several boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, National Quality Forum, Alliance for Healthcare Reform, Pension Rights Center, and Generations United. He also serves on the MacArthur Foundation’s Aging Society Network and the Institute of Medicine’s National Roundtable on Value and Science Driven Healthcare. In 2010, Rother received the Robert Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance for “lifetime advocacy to strengthen Social Security and Medicare.”

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