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Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Health Affairs, and Emory University to Host Discussion: 'A Rising Tide Sinks All Boats: Why Medicare Costs So Much and How We Can Do Better for Seniors and America'

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 General News J E 4
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WHAT: Growth in Medicare is the single largest factor behind projections of unsustainably high deficits.

Join top health and fiscal policy experts to discuss implications of a new study on cost growth in Medicare, and necessary steps to improve the solvency, and success, of the program moving forward.

Discussion will be based on a new Health Affairs article by Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Lydia Ogden, M.A., M.P.P., and Katya Galactionova, M.A., which was partially funded by a grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and published online on Feb. 18, 2010.

WHO: The Hon. David M. Walker, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States

Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Executive Director, Emory University's Center for Entitlement Reform; and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Mary Rubino (moderator), Senior Editor, Health Affairs

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

9:00 am-10:00 am (continental breakfast at 8:30 am)

WHERE: The National Press Club

National Press Club Building (Zenger Room)

13th floor

529 14th St, NW

Washington, DC 20045

The mission of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key economic challenges threatening America's future and accelerate action on them. To meet these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find sensible, sustainable solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results. For additional information visit: http://www.pgpf.org/

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of more than 120 patient, provider, community, business, labor and health care organizations, committed to raising awareness of policies and practices that save lives and reduce health costs through more effective prevention and management of chronic disease. Please visit our Web site at www.fightchronicdisease.org.

Emory University's Center for Entitlement Reform is one of only a few university-based research centers in the U.S. focusing on federal health care entitlement reform. The Center conducts research and analysis in order to outline the factors responsible for the rise in federal entitlement spending, specifically focused on public health insurance programs. For additional information, visit www.entitlementreform.emory.edu

Health Affairs appears monthly in print and online at www.healthaffairs.org. The leading, peer-reviewed journal of health policy thought and research, Health Affairs was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.

PFCD Contact: Katherine Klein

202-478-3714

Emory Contact: Tarvis Thompson

404-727-8954

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 16/

SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
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