“Reforming Medicare” brought together policy-makers and national and Minnesota experts to assess the progress of Medicare Part D on the final day of the enrollment period. Speakers examined the financial and political future of Medicare, Part D implementation issues, the role of private health plans, and the upcoming challenges facing near-retirees.
8:30 a.m. Registration
Continental breakfast sponsored by Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson
9:00-10:00 a.m. Welcome
Pamela Larson, executive vice president, National Academy of Social Insurance
Medicare's Political and Financial Future
Moderated by Susan Foote, associate professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Marilyn Moon, president, National Academy of Social Insurance (Presentation)
Lawrence Jacobs, Joan and Walter F. Mondale Chair for Political Studies, and director, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
10:00-11:30 a.m.Medicare Part D: The Prescription Drug Benefit
A discussion on implementation issues and the role of private health plans in Medicare Part D
A National Progress Report
Robert Rosenblatt, journalist and senior fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance
How has the enrollment process and transition worked in Minnesota?
Brian Osberg, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Peter Wyckoff, metro region director, Minnesota Senior Federation (Presentation)
Steve Schondelmeyer, professor and director, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Representative, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Introduction by Skip Humphrey, president AARP Minnesota
Remarks by Lois Quam, CEO of Ovations, UnitedHealth Group
The Challenges of Providing a Drug Benefit for Medicare Beneficiaries: An Insurer's Perspective
1:00-2:30 p.m. The Changing Health Insurance Safety-Net
Moderated by Donna Zimmerman, vice president, Government and Community Relations, HealthPartners
Holly Rodin, senior field researcher, Service Employees International Union (Presentation)
Dale Yamamoto, principal, Hewitt Associates (Presentation)
Steve Parente, assistant professor and deputy director, Medical Industry Leadership Initiative, Carlson School of Management
2:45-4:00 p.m. The Future of Health Care Costs and Coverage Overall
Moderated by Keith Halleland, founding partner, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson
Roger Feldman, Blue Cross Professor of Health Insurance, University of Minnesota (Presentation)
Marilyn Moon, vice president and director of Health Care, American Institutes for Research
Former Senator David Durenberger, chair, National Institute of Health Policy (Presentation)
4:00 p.m. Conclude
National Academy of Social Insurance, AARP Minnesota
Jacobs, Lawrence R..
Reforming Medicare: Where Do We Go From Here?.
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