Medicare and Medicaid at 50


What: Join the National Academy of Social Insurance as we mark the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid with a full-day of policy symposia and rich panel discussions, culminating with the Robert M. Ball Award Banquet honoring Karen Davis.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10am- 9:00pm

National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 13th Floor

Sessions include:

  • 10:00 am: Rising Medicare Beneficiary Costs and Declining Retirement Income: The interaction between Medicare costs, reductions in Social Security benefits, the continuing decline of pensions and inadequate private savings, and the federal budget.
  • 12:30 pm: Welfare Medicine to Health Reform: Medicaid History and Innovation: A panel of Medicaid experts will discuss the program's history with a focus on past, present, and future innovations. Held in conjunction with the release of an updated edition of Medicaid Politics and Policy.
  • 3:00 pm: Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care: A panel of experts will examine Medicare and Medicaid from their origins as programs for the elderly and poor to their later role as a safety net for the middle class. Held in conjunction with the release of a book with the same name, edited by Alan B. Cohen, David C. Colby, Keith A. Wailoo, and Julian E. Zelizer.
  • 6:00 pm: The 2015 Robert M. Ball Award Banquet Honoring Karen Davis for outstanding achievements in social insurance, extraordinary dedication to improving the quality and sustainability of Medicare and our nation's health care delivery system, and for her focus on the uninsured and people with complex health needs.

Speakers include:

  • Henry Claypool, Claypool Consulting and former Executive Vice President of American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Judy Feder, Georgetown University
  • Marc Goldwein, Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Cindi Jones, Department of Medical Assistance Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Cindy Mann, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Theodore Marmor, Yale University
  • Marilyn Moon, American Institutes for Research
  • Judith Moore, co-author of Medicaid Politics and Policy, Health Policy Consultant and former Commissioner, MACPAC
  • James Morone, Brown University (invited)
  • Tricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Jonathan Oberlander, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Jill Quadagno, Florida State University
  • Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University
  • Sara Rosenbaum, George Washington University
  • Diane Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation and MACPAC
  • David Smith, co-author of Medicaid Politics and Policy and Swarthmore University
  • C. Eugene Steuerle, The Urban Institute
  • Keith Wailoo, Princeton University
CONTACT: Jill Braunstein at 243-7009 or by email at for more informationSource:National Academy of Social Insurance(NASI)