Areas of Expertise
Medicare, delivery and payment reform, long-term services and supports, and financing
Harriet Komisar is a senior strategic policy advisor on the Health Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, where she focuses on Medicare and other health care policy topics. She has extensive research experience on issues in health care and long-term care financing and policy.
Before joining AARP in April 2013, Harriet was a research professor at the Health Policy Institute and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (now the McCourt School of Public Policy) at Georgetown University. She had recently completed a year as a visiting policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at the US Department
of Health and Human Services. From 2009 to 2010, Harriet was a senior research analyst at the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Before joining Georgetown University in 1996, she was a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, where she worked on topics related to Medicare and other areas of federal health care policy. Harriet received a PhD in economics from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.
In Her Words
“Expenses for long-term services and supports are a major risk to economic security in retirement. … The need for long-term services and supports is uncertain and varies widely among individuals. Some people will not need any long-term care services during their lives; others will need extensive assistance for an extended period of time.” “The Effects of Rising Health Care Costs on Middle-Class Economic Security”
P. Kemper, H. Komisar, and L. Alecxih, “Long-Term Care over an Uncertain Future: What Can Current Retirees Expect?,” Inquiry 42, no. 4 (Winter 2005/2006): 335–50.
H. Komisar, “The Effects of Rising Health Care Costs on Middle-Class Economic Security,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, January 2013.
H. Komisar, J. Cubanski, L. Dawson, and T. Neuman, “Key Issues in Understanding the Economic and Health Security of Current and Future Generations of Seniors,” Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA, March 2012.
H. Komisar and J. Feder, “Transforming Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions and Long-Term Care Needs: Coordinating Care across All Services,” SCAN Foundation, Long Beach, CA, October 2011.
H. Komisar, J. Feder, and J. Kasper, “Unmet Long-Term Care Needs: An Analysis of Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles,” Inquiry 42, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 171–82.