Policy Options to Promote Medicare Sustainability

Adaeze Enekwechi, Ph.D., MPP, is an operating partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, an investment firm where she focuses on growth-oriented healthcare companies. She also brings a focus on the policy and regulatory environment which can have an outsize impact on healthcare investments. Dr. Enekwechi is trained in healthcare economics and outcomes research, and led IMPAQ, LLC, a company that provided research, technical assistance, and advanced analytics services for government clients which she took through its acquisition in 2020. In addition to her private sector experience, she spent many years in federal policy roles at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and as the head of Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Obama. There she led policy, management and regulatory oversight for over $1 trillion in spending across all federal health agencies and programs. Dr. Enekwechi serves on the board of directors at the Public Health Institute, Alliance for Health Policy, UnityPoint Health System and Tia, a women’s health company.

Contact: aenekwechi@wcas.com

Bowen Garrett, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His work focuses on health reform and health policy topics, with recent research examining the labor market effects of the Affordable Care Act, the design of Medicare’s payment systems for post-acute care, the effects of a unified cost-sharing design for Medicare, and Medicare sustainability. He leads the development of MCARE-SIM and has conducted numerous studies of the likely effects of alternative reform proposals. Previously, he was chief economist of the Center for U.S. Health System Reform and McKinsey Advanced Health Analytics at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Garrett received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: bgarrett@urban.org

Joshua B. Gordon, Ph.D., is the Director of Health Policy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he leads its research into the effect of federal policies on health and the health care system. He spearheads the organization’s Trust Fund Solutions Initiative and the Health Savers Initiative, a joint project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Arnold Ventures and West Health Policy Center, which works to identify bold and concrete policy proposals to make health care more affordable. Prior to joining the Committee, Gordon was a policy communications consultant and a Senior Health Care Policy Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Before that, he spent 18 years as the Policy Director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. Gordon currently serves on the faculty of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He was a research advisor for the Sundance Film Festival Documentary I.O.U.S.A. (2008). He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida.

Contact: gordon@crfb.org

G. William Hoagland is a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, helping to direct and manage fiscal, health, and economic policy analyses. Previously, Hoagland served as vice president of public policy for CIGNA Corporation, working with business leaders, trade associations, business coalitions, and interest groups. He completed 33 years of federal government service, including 25 years on the U.S. Senate staff. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the director of budget and appropriations in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. From 1982 to 2003, Hoagland served as a staff member and director of the Senate Budget Committee, reporting to U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, chairman and ranking member of the committee during this period. In 1981, he served as the administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and as a special assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. Hoagland is an affiliate professor of public policy at the George Mason University. Hoagland attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds degrees from Purdue University and The Pennsylvania State University.

Contact: gwhoagland@bipartisanpolicy.org

Harriet Komisar, Ph.D., is a senior strategic policy advisor on the Health Security Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, where she focuses on Medicare and other health care policy topics. She has extensive research experience on issues in health care and long-term care financing and policy. Before joining AARP in 2013, Harriet was a research professor at the Health Policy Institute and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (now the McCourt School of Public Policy) at Georgetown University. She had recently completed a year as a visiting policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services. From 2009 to 2010, Harriet was a senior research analyst at the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Before joining Georgetown University in 1996, she was a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, where she worked on topics related to Medicare and other areas of federal health care policy. Harriet received a PhD in economics from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.

Contact: hkomisar@aarp.org

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