National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Medicare is the nation’s largest publicly financed source of health insurance. This social insurance program provides coverage for approximately one out of every six people residing in the U.S., including 51 million individuals over the age of 65 and 9 million people under 65 with a disability or qualifying health condition.

Today’s health care reform debate, fueled by concerns about the remaining uninsured, persistent underinsurance and other gaps in coverage, rising health costs, and the concomitant affordability challenges, has led many to turn to Medicare for potential solutions. The Academy’s 32nd annual policy conference will explore the implications of using Medicare as a coverage expansion platform for the overall health care system.

Who: This conference will be valuable for health care policy and social policy professionals. Health care administrators and clinical and health care delivery professionals would also benefit from participating.

Key Topics: Medicare, Medicare-for-All, Medicare buy-in, eligibility criteria, health insurance, health coverage, financing, inequality, disparities

 

Planning Committee

Marilyn Moon, American Institutes for Research; Co-Chair, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility







Cori Uccello, American Academy of Actuaries; Co-Chair, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility








William Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance; Project Director, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility








Elizabeth Docteur, Elizabeth Docteur Consulting; Co-Principal Investigator, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility








Renée Landers, Suffolk University Law School; Co-Principal Investigator, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility











The 2020 Conference follows the work of a new Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility. Members of the Medicare Eligibility Study Panel will lead the conference program design committee. For more information, please contact Bill Arnone, Chief Executive Officer, at warnone@nasi.org.
Agenda subject to modification. Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

3:00 PM Registration Opens

3:30 PM Opening Panel: Medicare and the 2020 Elections: A Conversation from the Campaign Trail
  • Representatives from presidential campaigns and the current administration discuss their approach to ensure affordable health care and coverage, as well as their vision for Medicare’s role in tackling these challenges.

5:00 PM Opening Reception

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 AM Registration opens

8:30 AM Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks: William J. Arnone, Chief Executive Officer, National Academy of Social Insurance

9:05 AM Panel 1: The Current Health Care Reform Landscape
  • What are the drivers of today’s reform debate? Why is Medicare viewed as a potential platform for expanding coverage? This panel will take stock of current policy issues, including the persistent problems of uninsurance and underinsurance, affordability challenges, health disparities and inequities, and the rising cost of health care in the United States. Panelists will examine why Medicare has figured prominently in the ongoing reform debate, discuss potential Medicare eligibility expansion approaches, and assess how these approaches might address various policy goals.

10:15 AM Panel 2: Medicare as a Platform for Expanding Affordable Coverage
  • After several years of decline in the wake of ACA implementation, the share of the population that lacks health insurance is rising again. Concerns about this development as well as about disparities across population subgroups in those who are uninsured, and the continued pressure that the uninsured population presents for health care delivery and public health mechanisms underlie many aspects of the health reform debate. How might an expansion of Medicare affect coverage and affordability of coverage and care for individuals and families? What is the potential impact on different beneficiary populations and health equity as a whole? What is the potential impact on other sources of coverage? How might these effects differ under various Medicare expansion proposals?

11:15 AM Break

11:40 AM Panel 3: Leveraging Medicare to Control Health Care Spending
  • The very high cost of health care, in total and on a per capita basis, has served as a perennial motive for reform. These costs exert substantial pressure on federal and state budgets, raise costs for employers, and impose ever-increasing premiums and out-of-pocket costs for individuals and families. This panel will discuss Medicare’s potential appeal as a platform to contain costs, through lower payment rates, payment innovations, administrative efficiency, and additional cost-containment strategies. What are the implications for health care spending of extending Medicare’s payment/cost-containment methods to a broader population? How might these implications differ for various Medicare expansion proposals?

12:40 PM Luncheon begins

1:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News (KHN) and author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back

1:40 PM Move to breakout sessions

1:50 PM Breakout Panels: Key Design Implications for Select Approaches
  1. Transitioning to Medicare for All: Impact on Consumers, Employers, Private Insurers, and Providers
  2. Establishing a Medicare Buy-in: Balancing Beneficiary Choice and Administrative Feasibility
  3. Reinforcing Current Programs: Incremental Changes to Strengthen Medicare and the Affordable Care Act
3:10 PM Break

3:30 PM Panel 4: Financing Medicare Expansion Proposals
  • Any Medicare expansion proposal will affect health care costs and the distribution of the financing burden across the population, relieving pressure in some ways and increasing it in others. What are the cost implications of extending Medicare to a broader population? How might the burden of paying for health care be spread across different payers, including the federal government, state governments, private insurers, employers and employees, taxpayers, and beneficiaries? How might this distribution differ for various proposals? If Medicare expansion proposals require additional funding, what are potential ways this funding might be raised?

4:30 PM Closing Keynote: Donald M. Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

5:00 PM Closing Remarks: Renée M. Landers, National Academy of Social Insurance Vice Chair, and Co-Principal Investigator, Academy Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility

 
General:
Registration Type Super Early Bird (Ends 10/31/19) Early Bird (11/1/19 - 1/31/20) Regular (2/1/20 - 3/5/20)
Full Conference $500 $650 $900
Full Conference - .gov, .edu, or .org $400 $450 $600
Full Conference - Group rate (4 or more registrants) $400 $400 $500
March 5 only - (No special rate for .gov, .org or .edu) $350 $450 $650
March 4 only - (No special rate for .gov, .org, or .edu)
$150 $200 $250

Academy Member

Registration Type Super Early Bird (Ends 10/31/19) Early Bird (11/1/19 - 1/31/20) Regular (2/1/20 - 3/5/20)
Full Conference $350 $400 $550
March 5 only $250 $250 $350
March 4 only $100 $100 $150

Young Professional: 35 and under

Registration Type Super Early Bird (Ends 10/31/19) Early Bird (11/1/19 - 1/31/20) Regular (2/1/20 - 3/5/20)
Full Conference $200 $300 $400
March 5 only $150 $200 $250
March 4 only $50 $100 $150

Questions? Please contact nasievents@nasi.org.

**Refund Policy: Refund requests must be made in writing (via email, fax, or mail). All refunds will be paid (by check or credit card, based on payment method) based on the following schedule:

Requests made between Oct. 1, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020: Full refund minus $30 cancellation fee

Requests made between Feb. 1, 2020 - Feb. 21, 2020: 50% of registration fee

No refunds after Friday, February 21, 2020 
Speakers listed in alphabetical order.

William J. Arnone is Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Social Insurance. As a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP for 15 years up to 2009, he was responsible for the strategic positioning, design, management, marketing, and thought leadership of retirement and financial education and counseling in employer-sponsored programs. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he was Principal, Benefit Consultant, and National Director of Financial & Retirement Planning Services for Buck Consultants, Inc. (now part of Xerox). He joined Buck in 1981 after serving as Director, Senior Security Services, for the New York City Department for the Aging. He also served as Consultant on Employment of Older Workers for the Florence V. Burden Foundation in New York. He previously was Executive Director of Helping Aged Needing Direction in the Bronx. He also served as a staff associate with the New York City Board of Correction. He is co-author of Ernst & Young's Retirement Planning Guide (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001). He is an Associate Editor of The Columbia Retirement Handbook (Columbia University Press, 1994). He is a Founding Board Member of the Academy and served on the Academy's Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994. He served as the Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. He co-chaired the Academy's 2010 conference, "Beyond the Bad Economy" and has served on the Academy's Strategic Planning Committee and chaired its advisory committee for Ford Foundation organizational awards to enable the voices of vulnerable segments of the U.S. population to participate effectively in the debate on the future of Social Security. He received a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1973. He was selected as one of the first Charles H. Revson Fellows on the Future of New York City by the Columbia University School of Business for 1979-1980.

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as Vice Chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served two terms on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Governing Council, was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board, and served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed "Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire" by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Elizabeth Docteur is an independent consultant with 25 years of experience working to inform health policy decision-making through positions in the U.S. government, the international arena and civil society. Docteur is a former vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a research group that used qualitative methods, including longitudinal analysis of selected local markets, to track developments in financing and delivery of health care. She has held positions in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government, including with President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in Health Care, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. She also served as the director of health policy at the National Academy of Social Insurance. Docteur holds a master’s degree in public policy analysis and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester.

Renée M. Landers is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and health law. She is the Faculty Director of the school’s Health and Biomedical Law Concentration. President of the Boston Bar Association in 2003-2004, she was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve in that position. She has worked in private practice and served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration. Landers has been a member of various boards and commissions including, the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Social Insurance, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct. She served on the task force that drafted the revised Code of Judicial Conduct effective in 2016. Currently, she is a member of the Committee on Judicial Ethics. Previously, she was a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s committees studying gender bias and racial and ethnic bias in the courts. The focus of Landers’ work has been on health care regulation, gender, and racial and ethnic bias in the legal system. She is the author of an articles on the potential for Massachusetts health care reform initiatives to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care and aspects of the Affordable Care Act including the impact of the Medicaid expansion. She is a regular commentator on legal developments in constitutional law, health law, and administrative law for media organizations. Landers is a graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and Boston College Law School.

Marilyn Moon is an expert on health care financing and delivery and specializes in policy analysis and translation of complex findings into materials useful to policymakers and consumers. From 2003 to 2013, she directed the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and from 2013 to 2018 she directed the Center on Aging at AIR. A nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, Moon also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 2008 through 2012 she chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission, and she was a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from 1995 to 2000. She has written extensively on health policy and other social insurance issues; she wrote a column on health reform for the Washington Post in the 1990s. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, including the Medicare Rights Center, the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Holy Cross Health System. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Moon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2014, she received the Robert M. Ball award for outstanding achievements in social insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD is the Editor-in-Chief at Kaiser Health News(KHN). She joined KHN in September 2016 after 22 years as a correspondent with The New York Times, where she covered a variety of beats from health care to environment and did a stint in the Beijing bureau. While in China, she covered SARS, bird flu and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Rosenthal’s 2013-14 series, “Paying Till It Hurts,” won many prizes for both health reporting and its creative use of digital tools. Her book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back (Penguin Random House, 2017), was a New York Times best-seller and a Washington Post notable book of the year. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and briefly practiced medicine in a New York City emergency room before converting to journalism.

Cori Uccello an actuary and the senior health fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries. She serves as the actuarial profession’s chief public policy liaison on health issues. In this role, she promotes the formulation of sound health policy by providing nonpartisan technical assistance to federal and state policymakers and regulators. Uccello helped lead the Academy’s efforts to provide guidance to federal and state regulators regarding the implementation of various provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including those related to coverage and market reforms, actuarial value, and risk-sharing mechanisms. Her current work focuses on examining the implications of alternative coverage approaches and proposals to stabilize the market. She served two terms as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), was a member of the 2010-2011 Technical Review Panel of the Medicare Trustees Report, and currently serves as a member of CBO’s panel of health advisors and on the technical review panel for CBO’s Health Insurance Simulation Model. She is a graduate of Boston College and received a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

Sponsors of the Academy’s 2020 Policy Conference will help policymakers and system stakeholders tackle a major challenge: how to provide quality affordable healthcare across the nation.  

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Community Pioneer ($50,000): A Community Pioneer blazes a trail, explores, discovers, and initiates solutions
  • Top visibility across all marketing and on-site materials (print and digital)
  • Customized visibility and participation opportunities
  • Recognition across most marketing and on-site materials, including social media
  • Recognition in article series previewing conference topics
  • Full conference registrations (up to 40)
  • Opportunity to co-host a pre-conference primer/ orientation session or a post-conference follow-up session
  • Presentation of a webcast session (via Academy or through in-house channel)
  • Assist with development of a topical “Reading List” for attendees, plus public circulation post-conference
  • Pre-conference luncheon with Medicare Eligibility Study Panel Members (4 guests)
Policy Innovator ($25,000): A Policy Innovator develops, finds a path, supports innovations and reforms
  • Top visibility across all marketing and on-site materials (print and digital)
  • Customized visibility and participation opportunities
  • Recognition across most marketing and on-site materials, including social media
  • Recognition in article series previewing conference topics
  • Full conference registrations (up to 25)
  • Opportunity to co-host a pre-conference primer/ orientation session or a post-conference follow-up session
  • Assist with development of a topical “Reading List” for attendees, plus public circulation post-conference
  • Pre-conference luncheon with Medicare Eligibility Study Panel Members (2 guests)
Policy Leader ($10,000): A Policy Leader guides their stakeholders and followers towards options and answers
  • Top visibility across all marketing and on-site materials (print and digital)
  • Customized visibility and participation opportunities (networking breaks)
  • Recognition across most marketing and on-site materials, including social media
  • Full conference registrations (up to 10)
  • Assist with development of a topical “Reading List” for attendees, plus public circulation post-conference
  • Pre-conference luncheon with Medicare Eligibility Study Panel Members
Research Patron ($5,000): A Research Patron makes possible the work to develop options and answers
  • Recognition across most marketing and on-site materials, including social media
  • Full conference registrations (up to 6)
  • Assist with development of a topical “Reading List” for attendees (for public circulation post-conference only)
Research Sustainer ($2,500): A Research Sustainer contributes to the investments others are making
  • Recognition across most marketing and on-site materials, including social media
  • Full conference registrations (up to 3)
To purchase or discuss sponsorship and marketing opportunities, please contact Kristine Quinio, Director of Development, at kquinio@nasi.org. Or complete your purchase online.

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