Outreach & Service

Update on Federal Healthcare Reform

Sponsored by The Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare

Terrace Ballroom, Renaissance Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
Thursday, April 2nd
8:30 am to 12:30pm

All slots are now filled for this meeting.

This meeting will provide:

  • an overview of the fiscal challenges presented by the increasing amounts of publicly and privately held debt;
  • a discussion on the critical role that healthcare financing plays in our nation’s economy;
  • an update on federal health reform proposals with special emphasis on the emerging principles concerning revenues and expenditures.

There is no charge to attend this meeting. Questions can be directed to Shari Heick at (319) 335-4455.


8:00 – 8:30 Registration (Registration is limited to the first 200 participants)
8:30 – 8:35 Opening Remarks
8:35 - 9:30 Role of Health Care in the Federal Budget
Robert Bixby, Concord Coalition

Where Does Health Care Go From Here?

Eugene Steuerle, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
9:30 – 9:45 Public Q&A
9: 45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:45 Approaches to Health Care Reform
Joe Minarik, Committee for Economic Development

Financing Health Care Reform
Joe Antos, American Enterprise Institute;
Len Nichols, New America Foundation                      
11:45 – 12:15 Public Q&A
12:15 Public Adjourned

Featured Speakers

Robert L. Bixby, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition
Mr. Bixby frequently represents the Concord Coalition’s views on budget and entitlement reform policy at congressional hearings and in the national media. He has dedicated the majority of his career to the Concord Coalition, educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future.

Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Antos' research focuses on the economics of health policy, including Medicare reform, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured. Before joining the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office, and he held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Joseph J. Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Center for Economic Development
Dr. Minarik leads the Center for Economic Development’s policy research projects on issues including the economy and the federal budget, globalization, trade, early childhood education, campaign finance reform, and health care. Dr. Minarik has previously worked as a policy director and economist on the House Budget Committee and at the Office of Management and Budget.

C. Eugene Steuerle, Vice President, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Dr. Steuerle brings an extensive background in tax policy to his position at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Dr. Steuerle has previously served as Senior Fellow of the Urban Institute, co-director of its Tax Policy Center, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis, President of the National Tax Association, and chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions.

Len Nichols, Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
Len Nichols, a highly respected healthcare economist, directs the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans while reining in costs and improving the efficiency of the overall health care system.  Before joining New America, Dr. Nichols was the Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, and the Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton reform efforts of 1993-94.  Previously, Dr. Nichols was Chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College, and also served as a member of the Competitive Pricing Advisory Commission (CPAC) and the 2001 Technical Review Panel for the Medicare Trustees Reports.