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What does the election mean for senior health?

11/08/12     Webcast

AHCJ Webcast

A recording of this webcast is available. Click here to view and listen to the webcast and get the presentations shown by Karen Davis and John Rother.

With the election results in, we need to make sense of them for our readers, viewers and listeners.

This AHCJ webcast will examine one big piece of the puzzle:  what this election’s outcome means for seniors on Medicare, older adults who receive long-term care services from Medicaid and other programs that serve our elderly population.

A blue ribbon panel of experts will offer their thoughts and analysis during this event.  Join us for a lively discussion and ask the questions that matter to you and your audience. The experts are:

  • Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

  • Karen Davis, president, The Commonwealth Fund

  • John Rother, president and chief executive officer, National Coalition on Health Care

  • Moderator: Judith Graham, health care journalist and AHCJ topic leader on aging

Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and an adjunct professor at the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Antos' research focuses on the economics of health policy, including Medicare reform, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured. He is the editor, with Alice Rivlin, of “Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge” (Brookings Institution Press, 2007). Before joining AEI, Antos was assistant director for health and human resources at the Congressional Budget Office, and he held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, is an economist with a career in public policy and research. Before joining the Fund, she served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she also was a professor of economics. She served as deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1977–80. Prior to her government career, Davis was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and an assistant professor of economics at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Rice University, which recognized her achievements with a Distinguished Alumna Award in 1991. Davis is the recipient of the 2000 Baxter-Allegiance Foundation Prize for Health Services Research. In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from John Hopkins University. In 2006, she was selected for the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award and the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient Centered Care. Davis has published books, monographs, and articles on health and social policy issues, including “Health Care Cost Containment, Medicare Policy, National Health Insurance: Benefits, Costs, and Consequences” and “Health and the War on Poverty. “

John Rother is president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition on Health Care. The Coalition’s membership includes medical societies, businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health funds, insurers, and groups representing consumers, patients, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Rother was the longtime executive vice president for policy, strategy, and international affairs at AARP. From 1981 to 1984, Rother was staff director and chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging under Chairman John Heinz (R-PA). From 1977 to 1981 he served as special counsel for Labor and Health to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY). Rother serves on several boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the National Quality Forum, the Alliance for Health Reform, the Pension Rights Center, and Generations United. He also serves on the MacArthur Foundation’s Aging Society Network and the Institute of Medicine’s National Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care. In 2010 Rother received the Robert Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.