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AARP Public Policy Conference

To Include Release of AARP’s First Annual Quality of Life Index on the State of 50 Plus America

Social Security, the future of Medicare, the federal budget and a special presentation on "The State of 50 plus America" (the quality of life of Americans age 50+ as reflected by 20 economic, health and lifestyle indicators). These are some highlights of AARP’s annual public policy meeting which will be held February 3-5, at the Capitol View Conference Center, 101 Constitution Ave., NW, 9th Floor, in Washington, DC.

Each year, the AARP Board of Directors interacts with public policy experts on the issues affecting Americans age 50 and above. The speaker sessions are open to the media with registration on site.

The agenda highlights include:


8:55–9:00 AM
Convene - Overview of Day

9:00–9:30 AM
Social Security Reform
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

9:30–10:15 AM
Social Security Disability
Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner
Social Security Administration

10:30–11:15 AM
The Future of Medicare
Robert Reischauer, President
Urban Institute

11:30 AM–12:00 NOON
The Future of Medicare
Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) Majority Leader
United States Senate

1:00–1:45 PM
Controlling Health Care Costs
Peter Lee, President and CEO
Pacific Business Group on Health

2:00–2:45 PM
The Future of Medicare
Uwe Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political
Economy Princeton University


8:25–8:30 AM
Convene - Overview of Day

8:30-9:15 AM
Social Security
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

9:30–10:15 AM
State Rx Programs
Thomas Snedden, Director, Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly
Pennsylvania Department of Aging

10:30-11:15 AM
Federal Budget: The 2% Solution
Matt Miller, Commentator

11:15 AM–12:00 NOON
Challenges of Health Care Reform
Barbara Blakeney, President
American Nurses Association


8:25–8:30 AM
Convene - Overview of Day

8:30–9:00 AM
Fiscal Policies: What They Mean for the Future of Social Security and Medicare
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)

9:00–9:45 AM
Fiscal Realities: What Are We Facing as a Nation?
David Walker, Comptroller General
U.S. General Accounting Office

10:00–10:45 AM
Social Security Reform
Peter Orszag, Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution

11:00–11:30 AM
State of 50+ America: AARP's First Annual Quality of Life Index for Americans Age 50+
John Rother. Director, Policy & Strategy

11:30–12:15 AM
The Federal Budget
Alice Rivlin, Director and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
The Brookings Institution

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our quarterly publication for Hispanic members; NRTA Live and Learn for National Retired Teachers Association members; and our Web site, We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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