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Controlling Medicare Costs: Is Premium Support The Answer?

WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2011 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: The Brookings Institution (Falk Auditorium), Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

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With the failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach a consensus, the stalemate on addressing the U.S. budget deficit continues. But the problem remains: to close the budget gap, revenues must be increased and spending must be reduced. And there is a growing consensus that the federal deficit cannot be brought under control unless reforms are enacted that slow the growth of Medicare spending.

On December 16, the Budgeting for National Priorities project at Brookings and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force hosted a discussion of the role of premium support in controlling Medicare costs and in making U.S. health care more efficient and effective. A new paper written by experts on the issue who participate in the ongoing Brookings-Heritage fiscal seminar was released at the event. The paper provides an overview of the basic elements of moving from the current fee-for-service model to a premium support plan, reviews the arguments for and against premium support, and proposes a specific premium support plan. At the event, premium support was explained and its strengths and weaknesses analyzed by major speakers and a panel of experts.”

Domenici-Rivlin Protect Medicare Act



Ron Haskins

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Overview of Premium Support

Senator Pete Domenici

Senior Fellow and Co-Chair, Debt Reduction Task Force Bipartisan Policy Center

Read Domenici’s remarks here.

Making Premium Support Work

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President DHE Consulting Alice M. Rivlin Senior Fellow, Economic Studies



Isabel V. Sawhill

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Henry J. Aaron

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Stuart Butler

Director, Center for Policy Innovation Heritage Foundation

James Capretta

Fellow Ethics and Public Policy Center

Judith Feder

Professor Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
2011-12-16 00:00:00
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2011-12-16 16:30:00
The Brookings Institution (Falk Auditorium)