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PPI experts cover a wide range of issues from Social Security and Medicare to health reform, livable communities, consumer protection, long-term care, caregiving, financial security and more.

Susan Reinhard, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, Sr. Vice President for Public Policy, AARP

Areas of Expertise: Family caregiving, adult foster care/day care, care coordination, chronic care, health care delivery system reform, nursing, nursing education, quality of care, health care workforce issues, acute and long-term care integration, LTC case management and consumer direction, Medicaid, Medicare home health, home and community-based services, nursing home and LTC workforce issues

Lina Walker, PhD, Vice President, Health Security

Areas of Expertis: Medicare and health care financing

Leigh Purvis, MPA, Director, Health Services Research

Areas of Expertise: Prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs and Medicare prescription drug coverage

Elizabeth A. Carter, PhD, MPH, Senior Health Services Research Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Public health, primary care, preventive services, low-value medical care and evidence-based medicine

Olivia Dean, MPHPolicy Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Public health, nutrition and health disparities

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Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor  

Areas of Expertise: Medicaid, dual eligibility, dual-eligible demonstrations, public health, prevention, health disparities and health care quality

Catherine W. GillespieMPH PhD, Senior Health Services Research Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, public health, health disparities, immunization and obesity

Harriet Komisar, PhD, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Medicare, delivery and payment reform, long-term services and supports, and financing

Keith D Lind, JD, MS, BSN, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Medicare reform, Medicare coverage, Medicare payment, post-acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, rehabilitation therapy, durable medical equipment, chronic conditions, care coordination, transitional care, hospital readmission, appeals, fraud and abuse, comparative effectiveness and cost containment

Claire Noel-Miller, MPA, PhD, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor  

Areas of Expertise: Quantitative research applied to health policy issues affecting older adults, Medicare and health care quality

Patricia Polansky, RN, MS, Director, CCNA Program Development and Implementation

Areas of Expertise: Health care administration, executive leadership, interprofessional collaboration (health), primary care, home and community health care, aging issues and long-term care, and nursing education

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, Director, CCNA Advocacy and Consumer Affairs

Areas of Expertise: Stakeholder engagement and networking, coalition organizing, advocacy, state scope of practice policies, nursing workforce funding, and nursing workforce and diversity

Jane SungJD, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Private health insurance, health insurance market reforms, Medicare supplement insurance and Medicare Advantage

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Susan Reinhard is senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute. Read her latest blogs on family caregiving, healthy living, nursing and more. Read Susan's Blogs