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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



The Center for Health and Social Policy presents:

The LBJ Centennial Conference: Medicare - Past, Present and Future

Peter Orszag, Director of Congressional Budget Office and Mark B. McClellan, former Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration and  former Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to keynote
Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Co-Sponsors

Monday, April 28, 2008
12:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the LBJ Centennial Conference, Medicare: Past, Present, and Future on Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum starting at noon. The Conference will be web cast live at www.utexas.edu/lbj/webcasts, on the day of the event to access the web-cast. You will need to have QuickTime installed to watch the streaming video.

A delayed web-cast of this event will be provided by kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation and will be available after 9:00 p.m. EST, Friday, May 2nd, 2008 on their website. Along with the web-cast, a transcript will also be available.

The conference will examine the past, present and future of Medicare, with keynote addresses from Peter Orszag, PhD, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and a former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Orszag, who will open the event, has become a very influential figure in the national health care debate for directing a large increase in health care related research during his tenure at the CBO. Recently, the Wall Street Journal wrote that because of the stockpile of data his office has collected and his knack for thorough economic analysis, he will "play a key role in the fate of the next president's efforts to re-organize the health care-system" (CBO Chief is Health-Care Referee, 4-21-08).

Mark B. McClellan, in addition to his role as the top health care policy maker in George W. Bush's administration, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor in Health Policy at the LBJ School. Said McClellan, "Medicare is not just an important part of the health care system, but it is key to driving innovation, availability, and effective use of treatments throughout that system. Medicare reform is essential to health care reform, and vice versa." Dr. McClellan will deliver his evening keynote at 6:30 p.m.

"As we continue our national conversation about health care reform, it is particularly opportune that the LBJ Centennial Medicare Conference will highlight the value and importance of Medicare, the one universal and affordable health care system in the country," said Barbara B. Kennelly, conference speaker, former Member of Congress, and President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Medicare policy has recently been in the shadow of other health and social policy challenges. Yet, it will come to the top of the agenda for the next Congress and President by necessity as costs rise, disparities worsen, and the needs of seniors and people with disabilities change. With this in mind, CHASP has reached out to several key policy makers to present at the conference, including Karen Davis, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Department of Health and Human Services, and President of the Commonwealth Fund; Roger Wilkins, historian and civil rights leader; Barbara B. Kennelly, a former member of Congress, and President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Chris Jennings, former Senior Health Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton and the President of Jennings Policy Strategies; and John C. Goodman, Ph.D. the President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

"CHASP is uniquely positioned to host this conference given its roots in the legacy of LBJ and its research that is preparing the nation for the next great health reform debate," said , Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, conference organizer, associate at CHASP, and former senior advisor on health care policy to President Bill Clinton. Dr. Lambew has recently written two books on the health care crisis in America. Crisis: What We Can Do About The Health Care Crisis, was released in February and was co-written with Scott Greenberger and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities will hit book stores in May and was co-written with Henry J. Aaron.

The Center for Health and Social Policy is part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and focuses its research on health care, disability, aging, Welfare, retirement and US-Mexico health care and border health issues. In addition to Dr. Lambrew, CHASP associates and LBJ Professors Dr. David C. Warner and Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel will moderate the panels. The conference is one of the special events scheduled in the year-long celebration of Lyndon B. Johnson's 100th birthday (1908-2008). It is being co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

The LBJ Centennial Conference: Medicare - Past, Present and Future
CHASP Medicare Policy Briefs
Medicare: Lessons from the Past: Major Policy Change

Medicare: Present Challenges and Persistent Disparities
Medicare: Policy Challenges Facing the Next President

Related

Conference Agenda
Participant Bios
Conference Support Materials - Charts
Kaiser Family Foundation - Medicare: a Timeline of Key Developments