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Media Alert: NASI Experts Available to Comment on 2008 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2008
Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC—Experts on Social Security and Medicare are available to comment on the implications of the 2008 Social Security and Medicare 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; individuals’ views do not represent the official position(s) of the Academy.

An explanatory brief, Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2008 Trustees Report, will be available today on the Academy’s website at www.nasi.org. A brief on the Medicare trustees report will be available shortly.

SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERTS:

Henry J. Aaron
Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Phone: 202-797-6128
Email: haaron@brookings.edu

Nancy J. Altman

Author, The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble
Phone: 301-229-2651
Email: njalt@aol.com

Jeffrey R. Brown
Karnes Professor of Finance, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign; Member, Social Security Advisory Board
Phone: 217-333-3322
Email: brownjr@uiuc.edu

Virginia Reno
Vice President for Income Security Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance
Phone: 202-452-8097
Email: vreno@nasi.org

Bruce D. Schobel
Vice President and Actuary, New York Life Insurance Company
Phone: 609-213-1551
Email: bdschobel@aol.com

Eugene Steuerle
Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
Phone: 202-261-5545
Email: esteuerl@ui.urban.org

MEDICARE EXPERTS:

Henry J. Aaron
Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Phone: 202-797-6128
Email: haaron@brookings.edu

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Phone: 202-862-5938
Email: jantos@aei.org

Paul Van de Water
Vice President for Health Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance
Phone: 202-452-8097
Email: paulv@nasi.org

Gail Wilensky
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE; Former Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration
Phone: 301-347-3902
Cell: 202-841-1965
Email: gwilensky@projecthope.org

The complete Social Security Trustees report will available in pdf format at http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TR/, and the Medicare Trustees report will be available from the CMS website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/.

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The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policy-making on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas.
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