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  • Discussion Focuses on Medicare Part B Premiums
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    Medicare Part B Premiums

    Health care advocates and experts on retirement talked about the projected increase in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles, as well as the possible impact on state budgets and seniors.

  • Aging and Health Care Costs
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    Aging and Health Care Costs

    The Health Futures Council at Arizona State University hosted a panel discussion produced by Zócalo Public Square focusing on the impact of an aging population on the U.S. health care system. Among…

  • Discussion on the Physician Payment Sunshine Act
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    Doctors and Drug Companies

    Panelists talked about the challenges and benefits of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). PPSA is a section of the Affordable Care Act that requires drug and medical device companies…

  • Reducing Health Care Costs
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    Reducing Health Care Costs

    Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors driving long term deficits in the U.S. They discussed ways to make the health care system more efficient…

  • Future of Health Care Reform
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    Future of Health Care Reform

    Norm Ornstein and other health care experts discussed the role of the new health care law in the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections. Ed Howard moderated. Topics included the individual…

  • Federal Budget and the National Debt Health Care Panel
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    Federal Budget and the National Debt, Health Care Panel

    Panelists spoke about health care reform legislation, the potential impact of new health care regulations on the economy, and the overall effect on the national debt.

  • Economic Impact on Baby Boomers
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    Economic Impact on Baby Boomers

    John Rother talked about the AARP announcement of its 2009 Advocacy Agenda, new polling which looks at the depth of the current economic situation, and how the situation affects housing and health care…

  • Campaign 2008 and the Federal Deficit
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    Campaign 2008 and the Federal Deficit

    The economic proposals of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama were examined in a panel discussion on the economic options of the next president with a budget deficit and an economy weakened by…

  • Nursing Home Reforms
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    Nursing Home Reforms

    Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) 1987, also known as the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, was passed 20 years prior to this panel discussion. The panelists talked about the history,…

  • AARP Legislative Priorities
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    AARP Legislative Priorities

    Officials of AARP announced their 2007 legislative agenda. Topics included health care, economic security, and Social Security. They also responded to questions from the audience.

  • Nursing Home Use
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    Nursing Home Use

    Lisa Alecxih announced the release her study that shows that over the past 20 years, a significant number of senior citizens, particularly among the “oldest old,” persons 85 and older, have…

  • Disabilities and Community Conditions
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    Disabilities and Community Conditions

    The participants announced the release of a Council report titled, “Creating Livable Communities.” The report identifies barriers to developing communities where it is easy for the disabled…

  • AARP Legislative Priorities
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    AARP Legislative Priorities

    Officials from the AARP provided an overview of the group’s legislative agenda for 2006. They said Congress should revise the 2003 Medicare law to allow the Department of Health and Human…

  • Quality of Medicare Services
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    Quality of Medicare Services

    The Alliance for Health Reform held a news conference on the quality of Medicare services. Participants talked about the release the report by Sheila Leatherman and Douglas McCarthy,…

  • Prescription Drug Effectiveness Research
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    Prescription Drug Effectiveness Research

    Participants talked about the prescription drug approval process, evidence-based research methods, the state of the pharmaceutical industry, and the impact of status quo procedures on…

  • Social Security
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    Social Security

    In the first panel, federal officials talked about Social Security and the impact of the federal budget deficit. They said the Social Security trust fund reserves will last until 2042. In…

  • Social Security Reform
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    Social Security Reform

    Mr. Rother talked about proposed changes to Social Security. In full-page ads this week, the AARP warns that turning Social Security into a program where benefits are based on private…

  • Prescription Drug Price Study
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    Prescription Drug Price Study

    Mr. Rother talked about a study comparing prescription drug prices, the new Medicare Discount Care, and other topics. He answered audience members' questions.

  • Monitoring Drug Manufacturers
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    Monitoring Drug Manufacturers

    Mr. Novelli announced the American Association of Retired Persons' new Rx Watchdog Project to monitor the prices of prescription drugs, the pricing policies of drug manufacturers, and the…

  • Medicare Legislation
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    Medicare Legislation

    The guests discussed the Medicare conference report then being considered in Congress. AARP supported the bill. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare opposed it.…

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