Health Reform Check-Up: Learning from the Start-Up of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
12:00 – 2:00pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
Light lunch served before event at 11:30am.
How well are health insurance exchanges working two months into their launch? How many people have enrolled? Is MNsure succeeding at enrolling eligible and harder to reach populations? In 2004, President Bush and Congress expanded Medicare to cover prescription drugs. The start up of the program was quick and chaotic, leading to dire predictions of it imminent failure and large cost over-runs. There were initial hiccups but the program's operation smoothed out and its costs are coming in less than projected. What are the lessons of the Medicare prescription drug program for the roll-out of Obamacare?
Welcome and Introduction
Lessons from the Start-Up of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program
S. Lawrence Kocot,Brookings Institution
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Brian Beutner, Chair of the Board, MNsure
Debra Holmgren, Executive Director, Portico Healthnet
Scott Keefer, Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Panels moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.
This event is a part of a collaborative series with Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.
For generations, Minnesota has championed public-private solutions to challenges that affect our state’s health care system. This approach, praised nationally as the “Minnesota Model”, merges private sector innovation and public policy in order to make health care as efficient and effective as possible for the greatest number of people.
In the spirit of this strong tradition of collaboration, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota are continuing a series of public forums on how best to implement health care reform at the state level. By fostering discussions among local policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens, these conversations explore opportunities for ensuring Minnesota’s legacy as a leader in health and health care.
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