Medicare 101: What You Need to Know

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation present a briefing to discuss the basics of Medicare, its role in the health care system, and how the program has evolved over time. Speakers address questions on how the program is administered, how much it costs and how it is financed. A short video produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “The History of Medicare: A Timeline,” will be shown at the event.

For more information, please visit the Alliance’s event page.

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The panel is co-moderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform and Tricia Neuman of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU).


  • Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

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