DAY ONE: Thursday, January 27, 2011

9:00am   Registration and Light Breakfast

10:00am   Welcome and Opening Keynote

  • Welcome: Lisa Mensah, NASI and The Aspen Institute
  • The Role of Social Insurance in a Risky World
    Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster

10:45am   Session I – Should We Adopt the Social Security Recommendations of the Fiscal Commission?

  • Moderator: Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute
  • Charles Blahous, Public Trustee of Social Security and Medicare
    The Simpson-Bowles Social Security Framework: A Bipartisan Compromise Worthy of Support  
  • Andy Stern, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
    Better Alternatives to the Simpson-Bowles Plan
  • Janice Gregory, NASI
    Social Security Action: When and How 

12:00pm   Break

12:30pm   Lunch

1:00pm   Luncheon Keynote: The Racial Wealth Divide and Social Insurance

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
  • Moderator: Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women

1:45pm   Break

2:00pm   Session II – Strengthening Unemployment Insurance: Promising Solutions to Systemic Problems

  • Moderator: Janice Nittoli, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution
    Fixing the UI Payroll Tax and Rescuing the UI Trust Funds 
  • Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute
    Extended Periods of High Unemployment: Impacts and Promising Solutions
  • Andrew Grant-Thomas, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    (Why) Are African Americans and Latinos Underrepresented Among UI Beneficiaries? An Exploratory Look 
  • Commentator: Andrew Stettner, National Employment Law Project

3:30pm   Break

4:00pm   Session III – Views from the Stakeholders of OASDI: Employers, Workers, and Vulnerable Communities

  • Moderator: Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women
  • Kenneth Porter, American Benefits Council
    Employer Perspective
  • Richard Fiesta, Alliance for Retired Americans
    Worker Perspective
  • Maya Rockeymoore, Global Policy Solutions
    People of Color Perspective
  • Donna Butts, Generations United
    Children and Families’ Perspective




5:30pm   Reception — 2011 John Heinz Dissertation Award Presentation Ceremony

7:00pm  Dinner and Performance by the Capitol Steps

DAY TWO: Friday, January 28, 2011

8:00am   NASI Members-Only Breakfast and Annual Meeting

8:30am   Registration and Light Breakfast (in Exhibit Lounge)

9:00am   Concurrent Roundtable Discussions

  • From Workers’ Compensation to Disability Insurance: Assessing New Approaches
  • Solutions in the States: Long-Term Services and Supports in 2011
  • The Importance of Social Security to Diverse Communities
  • State Health Insurance Exchanges: Options for Policymakers
  • Families, Children, and Unemployment Insurance

10:00am   Break

10:15am  Opening Keynote: Why Social Insurance?

  • Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
  • Moderator: Lawrence R. Jacobs, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota

11:00am   Session IV – A Debate – Two Strategies for Retirement Security: More Savings or More Social Security?

  • Moderator: Lisa Mensah, NASI and The Aspen Institute
  • Mark Warshawsky, Social Security Advisory Board
    The Case for More Personal Savings
  • Nancy Altman, Social Security Works
    The Case for More Social Insurance

11:50am   Break

12:00pm   Keynote Speaker: Implementing Health Insurance Reform

  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Moderator: G. William Hoagland, CIGNA

1:00pm   Lunch 

1:30pm   Break

1:45pm   Session V – Implementing Health Insurance Reform: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Moderator: Lawrence R. Jacobs, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota
  • Yvette Fontenot, The White House Office of Health Reform
    Federal Government Perspective
  • Enrique Martinez-Vidal, AcademyHealth
    State Perspective
  • Karen Ignagni, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
    Health Insurance Industry Perspective

3:15pm   Adjournment: Conference Co-Chairs