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Strengthening Medicare for 2030

Past Event

Strengthening Medicare for 2030

In its 50th year, the Medicare program currently provides health insurance coverage for more than 49 million Americans and accounts for $600 billion in federal spending. With those numbers expected to rise as the baby boomer generation ages, many policy experts consider this impending expansion a major threat to the nation’s economic future and question how it might affect the quality and value of health care for Medicare beneficiaries.

On June 5, the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics hosted a half-day forum on the future of Medicare. Instead of reflecting on historical accomplishments, the event looked ahead to 2030—a time when the youngest Baby Boomers will be Medicare-eligible—and explore the changing demographics, health care needs, medical technology costs, and financial resources available to beneficiaries. The panels focused on modernizing Medicare’s infrastructure, benefit design, marketplace competition, and payment mechanisms. The event also included the release of five policy papers from featured panelists.

Please note that presentation slides from USC’s Dana Goldman will not be available for download. For more information on findings from his presentation download the working paper available on this page or watch the event video.

Agenda

Welcome

Opening Remarks

Leonard Schaeffer

Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor - USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and USC Price School of Public Policy

Trustee - University of Southern California

Trustee - The Brookings Institution

Part 1: Challenges and opportunities facing Medicare in 2030

Leonard Schaeffer

Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor - USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and USC Price School of Public Policy

Trustee - University of Southern California

Trustee - The Brookings Institution

Health and health care of Medicare beneficiaries in 2030

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Julian Harris

Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government - Associate Director for Health, White House Office of Management and Budget

Financial resources of Medicare beneficiaries in 2030

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Paul Van de Water

Senior Fellow & Director of Policy Futures - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Part 2: Options for strengthening Medicare and making it more effective

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Paul Van de Water

Senior Fellow & Director of Policy Futures - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Eligibility, benefit design, and financial support

Could improving choice and competition in Medicare Advantage be the future of Medicare?

James Capretta

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute - Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Improving provider payment in Medicare

Gail Wilensky

Senior Fellow - Project HOPE

(former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now, CMS))

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