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Media Alert: NASI Experts Available to Comment on 2002 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2002

Contact: Jill Braunstein, (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC—Experts on Social Security and Medicare are available to comment on the implications of the 2002 Trustees Reports immediately following their release. All experts listed below are members of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

NASI is a nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on Social Security, Medicare, and other programs. The Academy does not lobby or take positions on policy issues. Individual members have diverse views and do not represent the official position(s) of the Academy.

An explanatory brief, Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2002 Trustees Report, is available on the Academy's website at www.nasi.org. A new Brief on Social Insurance for Survivors: Family Benefits from Social Security and Workers' Compensation, is also posted on the NASI website.

Social Security Experts

Kenneth S. Apfel
(512) 471-6267

Former Commissioner of Social Security and

Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas–Austin

Robert M. Ball
(703) 768-3438

Former Commissioner of Social Security

Kilolo Kijakazi
(202) 408-1080

Senior Policy Advisor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

email: kijakazi@cbpp.org

Alicia H. Munnell
(617) 552-1762

Professor of Management Sciences, Boston College and

Former member, Council of Economic Advisors

e-mail: munnell@bc.edu

Robert J. Myers
(301) 588-1335

Former Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration

Bruce D. Schobel
(212) 576-6807

Corporate Vice President and Actuary, New York Life Insurance Company

e-mail: bdschobel@aol.com

Eugene Steuerle
(202) 261-5545

Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute and

Chair, 1999 technical panel on actuarial assumptions for Social Security projections

Medicare Experts

Sheila Burke
(202) 357-7033
Undersecretary, American Museums and National Programs, Smithsonian Institution and
Chair, NASI Study Panel on Medicare's Governance & Management

David Cutler
(617) 496-5216

Professor of Economics, Harvard University and

member of recent technical panel on actuarial assumptions for Medicare projections

Paul Ginsburg
(202) 484-5261

President, Center for Studying Health System Change;

former Executive Director, Physician Payment Review Commission; and

Chair, NASI Study Panel on Fee-for-Service Medicare

Marilyn Moon
(202) 261-5691

Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute;

former Public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds; and

Chair, NASI Study Panel on Medicare Financing

Robert D. Reischauer
(202) 261-5400

President, The Urban Institute;

former Director, U.S. Congressional Budget Office; and

Chair, NASI Steering Committee on Restructuring Medicare for the Long Term

Bruce Vladeck
(212) 241-3845

Director, Institute for Medicare Practice, Mount Sinai Medical Center and
former Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration

e-mail: bruce.vladeck@moutsinai.org

Gail Wilensky
(301) 656-7401

Senior Fellow, Project HOPE;
former Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration; and
Member, NASI Steering Committee on Restructuring Medicare for the Long Term

e-mail: gwilensk@projhope.org

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to conduct research and enhance public understanding of social insurance, develop new leaders, and provide a nonpartisan forum for the exchange of important ideas in the field. For more information on the National Academy of Social Insurance visit www.nasi.org or call (202) 452-8097.