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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rashi Fein, Ph.D.: A Remembrance

Joel Kavet, MPH, ScD, Madison Park Healthcare Consulting, LLC, Bethesda, MD

Alan B. Cohen, ScD, Boston University School of Management

Harold Luft, Palo Alto Medical Research Institute and UCSF

Victor Fuchs, PhD, Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Rashi FeinRashi Fein, our longtime friend and colleague, Professor of the Economics of Medicine, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  He was 88 years of age, and the cause of death was melanoma.

Rashi was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in a number of cities in the U.S. and Canada.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received his Bachelor’s and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in Mathematics (1948) and Economics (1956), respectively.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Benefit that Robert Ball Wouldn’t Administer

Lisbeth B. Schorr, Center for the Study of Social Policy

It was early 1965 when I sat in on a meeting that was one of a series deliberating the final touches of the legislation that would soon be enacted as Medicare. Those gathered that day were the Undersecretary of HEW, Wilbur Cohen, the Commissioner of Social Security, Robert Ball, a representative of the White House whose name I can no longer remember, and the director of social security for the AFL-CIO, Nelson Cruikshank.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

After the Affordable Care Act, Medicare for All

Laurence Seidman, Professor of Economics, University of Delaware

Eight years ago I wrote in support of a plan similar to the Affordable Care Act and I now support full implementation of the ACA because I believe it will make important improvements in the current system of private employer-provided insurance and individual insurance.  But it is striking how many problems facing the ACA would disappear if the country were instead implementing Medicare-for-All.  It is worth grasping the contrast, because after the ACA has been fully implemented and made its improvements, a strong case will still remain for going beyond the ACA to enact Medicare-for-All.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Time to Get Moving on a White House Conference on Aging

Anne Montgomery, National Academy of Social Insurance and the Altarum Institute

There’s a reason why the nation has convened a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) once a decade, and it’s this:  Historically, these seminal events – which involve thousands of people feeding in ideas from communities across the country – have spurred creative consensus at a national level about how apparently intractable current challenges can be practically approached, even as strategies for making promising opportunities a reality over time are also mapped out.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

How Social Insurance Programs Can Reduce Health Disparities: Reflections from NASI’s 2012 Conference

Liz Lamoste

I was very excited to see NASI dedicate time to health disparities and determinants of health at this year’s conference, Social Insurance in a Market Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities, because it is important to have more conversations about how social insurance programs can help reduce health disparities.

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