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Harriet Komisar, PhD

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor


Medicare, long-term services and supports, and health care financing and policy


Harriet Komisar is a senior strategic policy advisor on the health security team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. She focuses on Medicare and other health care policy topics. She has extensive research experience on issues in health care and long term services and supports financing and policy.

Before joining AARP in 2013, Dr. Komisar 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. 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.

She received a doctorate in economics from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.


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