Harriet Komisar

2010 Conference Co-Chair

As Co-Chair of NASI's 22nd Annual Policy Conference, Beyond the Bad Economy: Jobs, Retirement, Health and Social Insurance, Harriet Komisar enriches the conference agenda with her expertise in health policy and long-term care. Komisar, a health economist with more than fifteen years of experience researching topics related to long-term care financing and health policy, is a senior research analyst in the Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) unit of The Hilltop Institute.

Prior to joining The Hilltop Institute, Komisar was a research professor in the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, her research focused on assessing people's needs for long-term care and on evaluating policy options for long-term care financing. Komisar previously served as a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, where she worked on issues related to Medicare's payment policies.

“I've had the privilege of working with Harriet Komisar at Georgetown's Health Policy Institute for over a decade,” said Judy Feder, a Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a current member of NASI's Board of Directors. Her thoughtful analysis of payment and coverage of long-term supports and services has advanced the field and improved the potential for policy action in this important, but neglected, area of social insurance.”

Komisar has written numerous publications including two co-authored articles in Inquiry, “Long-Term Care over an Uncertain Future: What Can Current Retirees Expect?” and “Unmet Long-Term Care Needs: An Analysis of Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles.” A member of the Academy since 2000, Komisar received her Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and a B.A. from Yale University.

When she is not managing research and policy analysis, Harriet enjoys wildlife, books, vegetarian cooking, and fun with family.