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Jul 30

Medicare and Medicaid – The Next 50 Years

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July 30 marks the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs constitute the two largest federal entitlement programs. Spending on both programs has exploded, and today they account for more than one third of all health spending. Medicare is generating trillions of dollars in long-term debt. Medicaid is a major challenge for state budgets. In both programs, doctors must wrestle with bureaucracy and red tape and low reimbursements, and patients are threatened with reduced access to care. Innovative and imaginative reforms can dramatically improve the performance of both programs, secure high quality care, and secure savings for beneficiaries and taxpayers alike. Join us as our panelists offer their insights into the next 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid.

Panel 1 – Medicare

Joseph Antos, Ph.D., Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Project HOPE
Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

Panel 2 – Medicaid

Robert B. Helms, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Dennis Smith, Principal, Dentons US LLP
Nina Owcharenko, Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

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