Inside Deficit Reduction: What It Means for Medicare

Proposals to generate Medicare savings abound, from the various commissions recommending change, members of Congress and others. Which proposals will, or should receive serious considerations by the Congressional super committee in its quest to find $1.2 trillion or more in savings by its November 23 deadline? What impact would these changes have on beneficiaries, providers and insurers? Would stakeholders prefer the automatic, but capped, Medicare reductions in the sequester rather than any recommendations on Medicare that the super committee might make? This briefing, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation, addressed these questions and more.

For more information and access to the presentation slides, please visit the Alliance’s event page.

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The panel was co-moderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform and Karen Davis of The Commonwealth Fund.



  • Tom Scully, Alston and Bird
  • Mark McClellan, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
  • Tricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • 1st Q&A
  • Marilyn Moon, American Institutes for Research
  • Joe Antos, American Enterprise Institute
  • 2nd Q&A

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