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National Conference Examines Future of Social Security, Medicare, Other Programs

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2001
Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

Opening Speech by William C. Dudley,
Chief of U.S. Economic Research, Goldman Sachs & Co.…


What: National Academy of Social Insurance 13th Annual Conference

“The Future of Social Insurance:
Incremental Action or Fundamental Reform?”
Co-Chairs: Dallas L. Salisbury and Peter Edelman

Conferees will learn about the latest research, discuss new concepts of old problems, and exchange fresh ideas to be considered by policymakers in Washington and state houses around the country.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, January 24-25, 2001


Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Questions? See the conference agenda on the following two pages for more information or visit www.nasi.org for a full conference agenda.


AGENDA

Wednesday, January 24, 2001
9:00-9:45am
Registration and Coffee


9:45-10:30
Welcome and Introduction
Lawrence H. Thompson, President, National Academy of Social Insurance


Opening Address:
"What Role for Social Insurance in the New Economy?"
by William C. Dudley, Chief of U.S. Economic Research, Goldman Sachs & Co.


10:35-12:15 p.m.
Session I: Issues in Social Security Reform


Moderator:
John L. Palmer, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse Univ.

Presentations:
Richard Berner, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; Kilolo Kijakazi, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Fay Lomax Cook, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University; Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota

Discussants:
Howard Fluhr, The Segal Company; Cecilia Munoz, National Council of La Raza; Robert Rosenblatt, Los Angeles Times

12:30-1:30
Luncheon Address: E.J. Dionne, Columnist, The Washington Post

1:45-3:15
Session II: The Changing Face of Retirement Benefits: What Role for Guaranteed Income?
Moderator: Thomas Paine, Independent Consultant

Presenters: Jack VanDerhei, Fox School of Business Management, Temple University; Jeffrey Brown, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Discussants: Ann Combs, American Council of Life Insurers; Albert Crenshaw,
The Washington Post; Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research

3:15- 3:30
Break


3:30-5:15
Session III: Issues in Unemployment Insurance
Moderator: Richard Hobbie, Interstate Conf. of Employment Security Agencies, Inc.

Presenter: Janet Norwood, Chair, 1993-96 Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation

Discussants:Eric J. Oxfeld, UWC--Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers' Compensation; Wayne Vroman, The Urban Institute; Charity Wilson, AFL-CIO

5:30 - 8:00pm Reception and Dinner

Dinner Address:
Susan Dentzer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer


Thursday, January 25, 2001
9:00-10:00
Roundtable Discussions

· Advances in Understanding and Measuring Access, Costs, and Quality of Workers' Compensation Medical Care, Jay Himmelstein, University of Massachusetts Medical School

· Long Term Care in the New Millennium: Report from the Academy's Task Force William Scanlon, General Accounting Office

· Social Security Reform and the World Bank: Reflection From a Decade of Transition Robert Brown, University of Waterloo

· Social Insurance Research-in-Progress, John Williamson, Boston College

· Gloom and Doom vs. Boom and Bloom: Examining the Trustees Long Range Projections for Social Security, Ronald Gebhardtsbauer, American Academy of Actuaries


10:15-10:45
Opening Address

11:00-12:15 p.m.
Session IV: Medicare: Government, Markets or Partnership?

· Moderator: Robert D. Reischauer, The Urban Institute

· Panelists: Marilyn Moon, The Urban Institute; Sheila Burke, The Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Mark Schlesinger, Yale University; Gerard Anderson, Johns Hopkins University

12:30-1:30 Luncheon Discussion: “Reflections on Welfare Reform After Five Years”

· Moderator: Peter Edelman, Conference Co-Chair

· Panelists: Wendell Primus, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution

1:45-3:30 Session V: Philanthropic Initiatives in Health Security

· Moderator/Presenter: Lauren LeRoy, Grantmakers in Health

· Panelists: Ruth Riedel, Alliance Healthcare Foundation of San Diego; Henrie M. Treadwell, W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Voices; Catherine Dunham, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Access Project

· Discussants: Jack A. Meyer, Economic and Social Research Institute; James R. Tallon, Jr., United Hospital Fund

3:30pm Wrap up by conference co-chairs