The State of Care: Future of Medicare

Baby Boomers face rising medical costs. At the same time, Medicare is growing, and taking up a greater share of the federal budget. While the Trump administration and Congress consider changes to Medicare, how can we keep costs in line, while also giving older Americans the care they need? The Atlantic gathered government officials, healthcare experts, and patient advocates to discuss the path forward for Medicare.



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  • Sarah Dash, president and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy
  • Matt Eyles, CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Liz Fowler, vice president, Global Health Policy, Johnson & Johnson
  • Kathleen Koch, author and journalist
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), member, United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  • Tricia Neuman, senior vice president and director, Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Vann R. Newkirk, staff writer, The Atlantic
  • John O’Brien, senior advisor for drug pricing reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tara O’Neill Hayes, deputy director, Health Care Policy, American Action Forum
  • Frederic Riccardi, president, Medicare Rights Center
  • Zirui Song, assistant professor of health care policy and medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO, PhRMA
  • Gail Wilensky, senior fellow, Project HOPE

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