The Academy’s Medicare and Medicaid at 50 and Beyond 2015 celebration program is focused on bringing together stakeholders and the nation’s top experts in Medicare & Medicaid. We invite you to peruse the work of some of these top experts who have been part of the Academy’s celebration across a number of event and activities. Materials are listed in chronological order by event or activity, below.

Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years – 27th Annual Policy Research Conference, January 28-29, 2015

Opening Keynote:

Session on “Medicare’s First 50 Years”


Session on “The Changing Face of American Health and Health Care”

  • Jennifer Ortman, Population Projections Branch, Our Aging Nation
  • Marilyn Moon, Center on Aging Director, American Institutes for Research, Engaging Future Medicare and Medicaid Consumers
  • Jennie Chin Hansen, American Geriatrics Society, Changing Health Care Workforce

Luncheon Keynote Interview:

  • Patrick Conway, MD Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Sachin Jain, MD Chief Medical Officer, CareMore/Anthem

Session on “The Coming Conflict between Scientific Breakthroughs & Cost”

Session on “Looking Behind Payment & Delivery Reform” [NO VIDEO]

Session on “Coverage over the Life Span”

Session on “Medicare and Medicaid for the Next 50 Years: Insights from the Top”

  • Leonard D. Schaeffer, University of Southern California
  • Thomas A. Scully, Alston & Bird, LLP
  • Bruce C. Vladeck, Nexera Inc.
  • Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE
  • Susan Dentzer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Medicare Through the Eyes of Beneficiaries – Medicare & Medicaid at 50 Symposium, April 23, 2015

Opening Remarks

  • Lynn Friss Feinberg, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aging

Setting a Beneficiary-Oriented Agenda for Medicare: Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges

  • Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, Justice in Aging
  • Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center
  • Judith Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation

What Beneficiaries Want for Medicare: Hearing From the Field

  • Elizabeth Hamel, Director, Public Opinion and Survey Research at Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Mathew Greenwald, President and CEO, Greenwald & Associates
  • Andrew Scholnick, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP
  • Murray Ross, Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

Working Together: An Initiative to Improve Services and Supports for Persons with Disabilities, May-June 2015

Advisory Committee Members:

  • Christine Baker, Director, State of California, Department of Industrial Relations
  • Lisa Ekman, Director of Federal Policy, Health and Disability Advocates
  • Merrill Friedman, Senior Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem, Inc.
  • Andy Imparato, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Sachin Jain, Chief Medical Officer, CareMore/Anthem
  • Gina Livermore, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Patricia Owens, Health and Disability Policy Consultant
  • Frank Neuhauser, Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeff Price, President, National Association of Disability Examiners
  • Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Kim Rutledge, Assistant Legislative Director, United Domestic Workers of America
  • TJ Sutcliffe, Director of Income and Housing Policy, The Arc
  • Rebecca Vallas, Director of Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • Joshua Wiener, Distinguished Fellow, RTI International
  • Gooloo Wunderlich, Senior Program Officer, National Academies, Committee on National Statistics
  • Edward Yelin, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, University of California, San Francisco

Medicare Part D – A Beacon or a Warning Light?, June 10, 2015

Opening Keynote:

  • Mark McClellan, MD

Competitive Dynamics in Part D and Trends Effecting Future Cost Control

  • Julie Goon, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Anthem Inc.
  • Kristin Bass, Senior Vice President, Policy and Federal Affairs, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
  • Lori Reilly, Executive Vice President, PhRMA
  • Howard Bedlin, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, National Council on Aging
  • Jack Hoadley, Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • Michael McCaughan, founding member, Prevision Policy LLC and editor, The RPM Report

Managing Care for Chronic Illness

  • Mark Fendrick, Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and of Health Management in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • Bruce Stuart, Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Leigh Purvis, Director, Health Services Reseach, AARP’s Public Policy Institute
  • Kim Swiger, Vice President Clinical Product Marketing, Mirixa Corporation
  • Jennifer Bryant, Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, PhRMA
  • Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical Council

Rising Medicare Beneficiary Costs and Declining Retirement Income, June 23, 2015


  • Marilyn Moon, Director, Center on Aging, and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
  • Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President, the Kaiser Family Foundation
  • C. Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute, and Co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director, Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget

Welfare Medicine to Health Reform: Medicaid History and Innovation, June 23, 2015

  • Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation and Chair, MACPAC
  • Cindy Mann, Partner, Healthcare Industry Practice, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP and former CMS Deputy Director and Director of Medicaid and CHIP Services (2009-2015)
  • Cindi Jones, Director, Department of Medical Assistance Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Henry Claypool, Claypool Consulting, and former Executive Vice President of American Association of People with Disabilities
  • David Smith, co-author of Medicaid Politics and Policy and Professor Emeritus, Swarthmore University
  • Judith Moore, co-author of Medicaid Politics and Policy, Health Policy Consultant and former Commissioner, MACPAC

Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America’s Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care, June 23, 2015

  • Keith Wailoo, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs and Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (Moderator and Co-Editor)
  • Jonathan Oberlander, Professor & Vice Chair, Social Medicine and Professor, Health Policy & Management, University of North Carolina School of Medicine & Theodore Marmor, Professor of Public Policy, Management, and Law, Yale University
  • Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Chair of the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Uwe Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University
  • Judy Feder, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

The Robert M. Ball Award, June 23, 2015: Karen Davis on “Changing Beneficiaries, Changing Times”
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Demystifying Medicare: 2015 Summer Academy, July 23, 2015
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Opening Remarks

  • Elizabeth Hall, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Anthem, Inc.

Why is Medicare important?

  • Len Nichols, Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and Professor of Health Policy, George Mason University

Medicare: How does it work?

  • Jane Sung, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Howard Shapiro, Director of Public Policy, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Stacy Sanders, Federal Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center

Medicare: How big is the financing problem?

Delivery and Payment System Reforms + Other Innovations Shaping the Future of Medicare

  • Kate Goodrich, MD, Director of Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Ted Eytan, MD, Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and Director, The Permanente Federation, LLC

Looking Ahead: Playing a role in the future of Medicare

  • Judy Feder, Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Daniel Maclauchlan, Director of Regulatory Affairs, UnitedHealth Group
  • Alex Keeton, Deputy Director, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
  • Paula Stannard, Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP

The Academy’s Medicare and Medicaid at 50 and Beyond Celebration Program is made possible thanks to support from

​and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.