Kaiser Conversations on Health

Hosted by former ABC News Correspondent and current Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President and Senior Advisor for Communications Jackie Judd, is a series of live interviews with leading newsmakers discussing major health issues.

June 13, 2006 — Kenneth Cole
American fashion designer, humanitarian and president and chief executive officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., Kenneth Cole, has been at the forefront of AIDS activism since 1985 when he allocated his company’s entire advertising budget to a campaign featuring an Annie Leibovitz photo of eight well-known models posing barefoot with a group of children to support the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). He joined amfAR’s Board of Directors in July 1987 and became Chairman of the Board in 2004. In addition to Board leadership, Cole designs and donates most of amfAR’s annual advertising creative and every year donates a portion of his company’s retail sales on World AIDS Day to amfAR. Cole continues to fight HIV/AIDS, most notably with the recent “We All Have AIDS” campaign.

May 10, 2006 — Eli Lilly and Company CEO and Chairman Sidney Taurel
Mr. Taurel has been CEO at Eli Lilly since 1998 and chairman since 1999. He joined the company in 1971 as a marketing associate at one of its subsidiaries and worked in Brazil and in London before being named executive vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of its pharmaceutical division in 1993. The conversation touched on Taurel’s views on key issues affecting health care and the drug industry, such as the pharmaceutical research and Manufacturers of America’s voluntary guidelines for direct-to-consumer drug advertisements; the drug development and approval process; the early impact of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit; and state and national efforts to expand access to health coverage.

October 20, 2005 — Aetna CEO Dr. John W. “Jack” Rowe
Since 2000, Dr. Rowe has served as the CEO of Aetna, which is the nation’s leading health and related benefits company with 19.4 million health members, 14.6 million dental members, and 11.5 million group insurance members. The interview will touch on issues including rising health care costs, changes in the health care system that can assist in addressing disparities in health care, and the health care and coverage challenges stemming from Hurricane Katrina.

June 14, 2005 — NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni
As NIH director, Dr. Zerhouni oversees the federal medical and health research efforts of the agency’s 27 institutes and centers, with more than 17,000 employees and a $28.6 billion budget. The interview will touch on key issues in national medical research and policy, including research funding, new NIH conflict-of-interest and ethics rules, the fight against HIV/AIDS, racial and ethnic disparities in health, ensuring public access to published NIH-supported research, and the state of NIH-funded stem-cell research.

April 14, 2005 — Virginia Governor Mark Warner
Gov. Mark Warner, an emerging national leader who this year chairs the National Governors Association, will discuss proposals to alter the Medicaid program, the future of long-term care, and other state and federal health and social issues.

March 24, 2005 — Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson
Thompson talked about his tenure as HHS Secretary and about the challenges ahead in federal health policy, including implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS at home and abroad and bioterrorism preparedness efforts.

September 29, 2004 — Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark McClellan
McClellan discussed such topics as the Medicare prescription drug program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, HIV/AIDS, and special issues for people with disabilities. McClellan, a board-certified internal medicine physician and economist, is a former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He also has served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he advised on domestic economic issues and was a senior policy director for health care and related economic issues, and is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, supervising economic analysis and policy development on a wide range of domestic policy issues.

March 3, 2004 — AARP CEO Bill Novelli
Novelli heads the country’s largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older, and played a pivotal role in the recent passage of legislation to create a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. The interview covered a range of topics, including issues involved in implementing the drug law, other health issues of concern to AARP, and AARP’s plans and priorities for the future.

December 3, 2003 — Irish rock star Bono, founder of the debt, AIDS and trade advocacy group DATA
Bono discusses the record U.S. and global commitment to combating HIV/AIDS, the doubling of U.S. assistance to Africa in the new U.S. budget, and the $2 billion increase in overall assistance to poor countries in 2004. He provides insight on his travels and first-hand experiences on how the epidemic is affecting people in Africa and around the world.

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