Influential Health Care Leaders Speak Candidly on Private-Sector Role in Medicare

With Medicare facing an uncertain financial future and numerous potential reforms, a symposium in Washington, D.C., is set to engage a wide variety of stakeholders in a frank and informal discussion about what role the private sector should play in the entitlement program.

“The Private Sector in Medicare: A Candid Conversation” will facilitate a dialogue among policymakers, analysts, journalists and others from both the private and public sectors on the direction of the Medicare program. The event will be hosted by The Medicare NewsGroup, publisher of a website that serves as an independent resource for journalists who cover the program. The event supports The Medicare NewsGroup’s primary aim of elevating the national Medicare debate to a more informed and constructive conversation.

At present, about 49 million Americans receive Medicare benefits, and the program accounts for nearly 16 percent of all government spending.

“Medicare is one of the most important and urgent issues facing our nation from both an economic and social perspective. Our choices about Medicare’s future will impact the ability of elderly and disabled Americans to live healthy and productive lives. Today our national discussion on this program’s future is heavily influenced by a heated political environment,” said Judi Israel Rosen, publisher of The Medicare NewsGroup. “Our goal is to provide a platform for collaborative, productive discussions among diverse and knowledgeable stakeholders.”

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About The Medicare NewsGroup is an independent resource for Medicare news, policy, research and legislation with original and curated content. Optimized for reporters, bloggers and editors who produce news and commentary on Medicare, aims to be a digital encyclopedia of Medicare that organizes past and current information relating to the topic. In addition to publishing a website, The Medicare NewsGroup also collaborates with journalism associations and universities to sponsor educational sessions on Medicare for journalists.