Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy

The Role of Private Plans in Medicare

Medical illustration for Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy


June 9, 2016


5:15 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Program


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

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Individuals, when faced with the choice, are often unsure of whether to sign up for traditional Medicare or for a private insurance plan, such as the Medicare Advantage Plan. Joe Newhouse will discuss reforms in the mid-2000s that had a surprising—and some would say counterintuitive—effect on Medicare Advantage Plans.

Newhouse—former vice chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission—spent the first twenty years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the landmark RAND Health Insurance Experiment. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Health Economists.

The late Al Williams was a distinguished researcher and leader. Over a long career at RAND, he helped make RAND Health a trusted source of research and analysis on how health services are used, delivered, and financed. The Williams Lecture was established through the generosity of Williams's friends and colleagues to commemorate his legacy. Today, the Williams Lecture provides a forum for leading voices in health policy to share cutting-edge ideas and insights, giving ongoing life to Williams's commitment to improving health and health care.

Joseph Newhouse

Joseph P. Newhouse

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University

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