Vice President and Director, Medicare Policy Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
When asked to be Co-Chair of the 2010 Robert M. Ball (RMB) Award Event Committee, Tricia Neuman was honored to have the opportunity to help recognize the contributions of her esteemed colleague and mentor and this year’s RMB Award recipient – John Rother. Neuman has known Rother for nearly 30 years. Like Rother, Neuman is an expert on health care policy issues affecting the elderly.
Tricia Neuman is a Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is the Director of the foundation’s Medicare Policy Project, where she focuses primarily on health policy issues related to Medicare, long-term care, and health coverage for low-income elderly and disabled people.
“Tricia Neuman’s dedication to improving health and long-term care services for the nation’s seniors and people with disabilities is matched by her expertise in applying people-focused analysis to Medicare policy debates,” said NASI member Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Executive Director of the Kaiser Commission on the Medicaid and the Uninsured.  
Along with Rother and many other colleagues in the overlapping fields of health care policy and social insurance policy, Neuman has been involved in the recent health care reform efforts. Neuman coordinates a broad knowledge network that provides resources for policymakers, the media and researchers. When the Medicare Part D program took effect in 2006, Neuman directed the Foundation’s efforts to assess how well the new program was working for Medicare recipients, and she has continued to track changes over time. Now, with the recent passage of health care reform legislation, Neuman is focusing on the implementation of policies that are likely to affect coverage, care and costs for elderly and people with disabilities, along with reforms that affect the long-term solvency of Medicare.
Before joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Neuman served on the professional Committee staff of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1982 and 1985, she was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where she worked on health and long-term care issues.
Neuman is the co-author of several articles and policy reports including: “Medicare Part D Update—Lessons Learned and Unfinished Business” (New England Journal of Medicine); “How much ‘Skin in the Game’ Do Medicare Beneficiaries Have?” (Health Affairs); “Financing Care for Aging Women in the U.S.: International Perspectives” (Aging); and “Medicare HMO Withdrawals: What Happens to Beneficiaries?” (Health Affairs).
A NASI member since 2000, Neuman received her Sc.D. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University. As Co-Chair of the 2010 RMB Award Event Committee, Neuman is providing tremendous support to NASI’s capacity building efforts. Each year, the Robert M. Ball Award is presented to an individual whose recent work has made a significant impact on the U.S. social insurance system.
The Robert M. Ball Award Reception, taking place on June 22, 2010, is an annual celebration attended by policy, research, advocacy, and business leaders who share a common passion for advancing social insurance and economic security for all Americans.

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