For Immediate Release | April 24, 2019


Bethany Cole (202-243-7009)

The National Academy of Social Insurance has announced the formation of a new Study Panel to examine potential changes to Medicare eligibility. The Medicare Eligibility Study Panel is co-chaired by Marilyn Moon, American Institutes for Research, and Cori Uccello, American Academy of Actuaries.

“As a social insurance program, Medicare has a well-established and extraordinarily popular track record,” said Moon. “As the nation explores a wide range of policy options addressing the health care needs of all Americans, Medicare is at the center of discussion and debate,” said Uccello.

The Study Panel will issue a final report of findings in 2020, which will be disseminated to the broadest possible policy audience, as well as to the media. The Academy’s 32nd annual policy conference slated for March 2020, in Washington, DC, will center on the Panel’s work and cover related issues.

Elizabeth Docteur, Elizabeth Docteur Consulting, and Renée Landers, Suffolk University Law School, are the Co-Principal Investigators. William Arnone, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, is the Project Director.


March 2020 Update: View the final report, Examining Approaches to Expand Medicare Eligibility: Key Design Options and Implications

Study Panel Members

Marilyn Moon, Co-Chair, American Institutes for Research

Cori Uccello, Co-Chair, American Academy of Actuaries

Peter Arno, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Robert Berenson, The Urban Institute

Jonathan Blum, Health Management Associates

Cristina Boccuti, West Health Policy Center

Melinda Buntin, Vanderbilt University

Sheila Burke, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Philip Caper, Maine ALLcare

Christine Eibner, RAND Corporation

Elizabeth Fowler, Johnson & Johnson

Sherry Glied, New York University

Jacob Hacker, Yale University Law School

Steven Lieberman, The Brookings Institution

Mary Murley, United Healthcare

Tricia Neuman, The Kaiser Family Foundation

Jonathan Oberlander, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shaun O’Brien, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Lisa Potetz, Health Policy Alternatives

Murray Ross, Kaiser Permanente

John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

Cathy Schoen, New York Academy of Medicine

Paul Starr, Princeton University

Paul Van de Water, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Bruce Vladeck, Medicare Rights Center

Reginald Williams, Avalere

Stephen Zuckerman, The Urban Institute

Since the Academy was founded in 1986, it has provided rigorous inquiry and insights into the functioning of our nation’s social insurance programs – Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation. Now comprised of over 1,000 of the nation’s top experts in social insurance and related policies and programs, the Academy studies how social insurance can continue to meet the changing needs of American families, employees, and employers. The Academy also looks at new frontiers for social insurance, including areas of uninsured or underinsured economic risks and related policies. To learn more about the Academy’s work, please visit, or follow @socialinsurance on Twitter.

See related news: Medicare and Health Policy

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