Feb 19 – Health Reform, Medicare, and Medicaid: The Future of Social Programs in an Era of Political Division

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6:30 PM

Where: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095

RSVP: RSVP to Bennett Ramberg by February 19, 11 AM with your selection of $35 dinner/$39 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $11.

For more information: Contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170

The Topic:  Dr. Kominski will discuss the future of health reform and the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the context of the highly polarized political environment that has permeated the debates over these essential safety-net programs. Although political pressure for deficit reduction is driving many of the proposals to restructure or eliminate these programs, the recent election results suggest that the American public does not support fundamental restructuring or dismantling of these programs. This presentation will discuss the most likely options to be considered by Congress for stabilizing these programs.

The Speaker:  Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Kominski’s research interests focus on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care programs and technologies, with a special emphasis on public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation, and assessing the impacts of health reform.

Dr. Kominski received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1978. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 1989, he served for three and a half years as a staff member of the agency now known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He is co-author of over 120 articles and reports, and is now sole editor of the widely used textbook, Changing the U.S. Health Care System:  Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management, which will be published in its 4th edition in 2013.



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