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Harriet Komisar

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, Dr. Komisar was a research professor in the Health Policy Institute and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, and had recently completed a year as a visiting policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She had a major role in the Georgetown University Long-Term Care Financing Project, which produced several papers and fact sheets. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Komisar was a senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Prior to 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. Dr. Komisar received a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and a B.A. from Yale University.

Areas of Expertise

Medicare, long-term services and supports financing.

Selected publications

Harriet Komisar, The Effects of Rising Health Care Costs on Middle-Class Economic Security (AARP Public Policy Institute, January 2013).

Harriet L. Komisar and Judy Feder, Transforming Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions and Long-Term Care Needs: Coordinating Care Across All Services (The SCAN Foundation, October 2011).

Peter Kemper, Harriet L. Komisar, and Lisa Alecxih, “Long-Term Care Over an Uncertain Future: What Can Current Retirees Expect?” Inquiry 42, no. 4 (winter 2005/2006):335-350.

Additional Publications

Judy Feder and Harriet L. Komisar, The Importance of Federal Financing to the Nation’s Long-Term Care Safety Net (The SCAN Foundation, February 2012).

Judith Feder, Harriet L. Komisar, and Robert B. Friedland, Long-Term Care Financing: Policy Options for the Future (Georgetown University Long-Term Care Financing Project, June 2007).

Harriet L. Komisar, Judith Feder, and Judith D. Kasper, “Unmet Long-Term Care Needs: An Analysis of Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles,” Inquiry 42, no. 2 (summer 2005):171-182.

Harriet L. Komisar, Judith Feder, and Daniel Gilden, The Roles of Medicare and Medicaid in Financing Health and Long-Term Care for Low-Income Seniors: A Chart Book on Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees in Four States (The Commonwealth Fund, September 2000).


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