Understanding the Medicare Population and Consumer Affordability

Lindsey Copeland is the Medicare Rights Center’s Director of Federal Policy. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, she is responsible for developing and implementing a health equity-driven advocacy agenda that is informed by the organization’s experience helping people with Medicare navigate emerging and systemic access, affordability, and coverage issues. She and the federal policy team elevate these challenges, and the solutions the Medicare Rights Center supports to address them, for policymakers, stakeholders, and the press. Through this work, Medicare Rights seeks to protect, strengthen, and improve the Medicare program, as well as the health and economic security of older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and families. Prior to joining Medicare Rights in 2017, Lindsey oversaw federal advocacy and governmental affairs for several national nonprofits that focus on health and aging policy, including one of the nation’s largest networks of health and human services providers and the association representing directors of state agencies on aging and disabilities and long-term services and supports. Lindsey holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Hollins University and a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. She is admitted to the Virginia Bar.

Contact: lcopeland@medicarerights.org

Tricia Neuman is senior vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy. She oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research pertaining to Medicare, and health coverage and care for aging Americans and people with disabilities. A widely cited Medicare policy expert, Dr. Neuman focuses on topics such as the health and economic security of older adults, the role of Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare and out-of-pocket spending trends, prescription drug costs, payment and delivery system reforms, and policy options to strengthen Medicare for the future. She has authored numerous papers pertaining to Medicare, has been invited several times to present expert testimony before Congressional committees, and has appeared and been quoted as an independent expert by major, national media outlets. Before joining the Foundation in 1995, Dr. Neuman served on the professional staff of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging working on health and long-term care issues. Dr. Neuman received a Doctorate of Science degree in health policy and management and a Masters of Science degree in health finance and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Contact: trician@kff.org

Eric Roberts’, M.D., Ph.D. research examines the provision and financing of health care in low-income populations. One stream of his work focuses on the implementation of alternative payment models (including value-based purchasing and global budgets), their impacts on care quality and utilization, and their financial implications for providers serving socially disadvantaged patients. The second stream of his research examines Medicaid policy, health care disparities, and the contribution of social risk factors—including housing instability—to health care costs in low-income populations. Much of his current research lies at the intersection of Medicaid policy and the financing and provision of care for high-cost and high-need patients. I am the recipient of a career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the effects of Medicaid eligibility and payment policies on the health of low-income, aging, and disabled patients. This research uses econometric methods for causal inference and simulation techniques to inform policymakers about the public health and financial impacts of Medicaid policies for this high-need patient population. His work has appeared in Health Affairs, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Services Research, and has received awards from AcademyHealth and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has been Principal Investigator on grants funded by AHRQ, the Veterans Health Administration, the Commonwealth Fund, and Arnold Ventures.

Contact: eric.roberts@pitt.edu

Loren Saulsberry, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at The University of Chicago. She studies policies that might significantly narrow health disparities. Specifically, she is interested in the experiences of Medicare beneficiaries managing chronic conditions. Dr. Saulsberry received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University and is an alumna of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center’s Training in Oncology Population Sciences Program. She is the Assistant Program Leader of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program in the UChicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before entering academia, she previously worked for the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Contact: lsaulsberry@uchicago.edu

Dr. Brandon G. Wilson, DrPH, MHA (he, him, his) joined Community Catalyst  as the Director of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation,  where he leads the Center in bringing the community’s experience to the  forefront of health systems transformation and health reform efforts, in  order to deliver better care, better value, and better health for every community, particularly vulnerable and historically underserved populations. The Center works directly with community advocates around the country to increase the skills and power they have to establish an effective voice at all levels of the health care system. The Center collaborates with innovative health plans, hospitals, and providers to incorporate communities and their lived experiences into the design of systems of care. The Center also works with state and federal policymakers to spur change that makes the health system more responsive to communities. And, it provide consulting services to health plans, provider groups and other health care organizations to help them create meaningful structures for engagement with their communities.
Dr. Wilson joined the Center, following his tenure in federal service as a Senior Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health, where he led strategic initiatives to implement the Biden/Harris Administration’s priorities on health equity for underserved communities, and developed a health equity business case portfolio. He most recently received the CMS Impact Award from CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for advancing health equity and accessibility in COVID-19 for persons living with disabilities. Prior to joining CMS OMH, Dr. Wilson led a $250 million portfolio in the CMS Innovation Center’s Accountable Health Communities Model and the Health Care Innovation Awards. At CMMI, he spearheaded the Health Equity Working Group, which laid the foundation for CMMI’s health equity focus in its 10-year strategy refresh. He later directed culture of patient safety quality improvement projects for the NIH Clinical Center Office of the Director, by reducing medication errors in the inpatient oncology pharmacy department. He also headed recruitment and retention approaches for increasing minority screening, enrollment, and retention in preventative and therapeutic vaccine clinical trials and participation in the Community Advisory Board at NIH. For his exceptional commitment and dedication in identifying a solution for a global infectious disease threat by advancing a malaria vaccine through a clinical trial, Dr. Wilson received awards from NIH’s Director, Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID’s Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in advocacy, health policy, and research from national policy organizations as the National Association of People with AIDS.
Dr. Wilson completed his Master’s in Health Systems Management at George Mason University and his Doctor of Public Health at Morgan State University. He also holds a Health Sciences (Health Administration and Public Health) faculty appointment at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in health economics and policy, cultural competence and communications for health professionals, community health assessments, and healthcare marketing. His research interests include using patient centered and indigenous models of care, health economics outcomes research, policy analysis, and community-based participatory and action research to eliminate health disparities and advance health equity in underserved and disinvested communities.

Contact: bwilson@communitycatalyst.org

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