The political winds have shifted again, with consequences for national health care policy and reform efforts. “National Health Care Reform: Looking Back, Looking Forward” is the topic of the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Health Lecture to be delivered by Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., co-chair of President Bush’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation’s Veterans and the John M. Olin Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, the international health foundation, where she analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and to ongoing changes in the medical market place.

WHEN: Tuesday November 12, 2002 5:30 — 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ben Snow Dining Room, 12th Floor, NYU’s Bobst Library Building 70 Washington Square South [@ LaGuardia Place]

From 1997-2001, Wilensky served as Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on all payment and expenditure issues relating to Medicare, as well as many non-payment issues. Previously, she chaired the Physician Payment Review Commission.

Her previous position was in the White House, serving as Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy Development, where she advised the first President Bush on health and welfare issues. Wilensky came to the White House after two years as the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in the Department of Health and Human Services where she directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The annual Schwartz Lecture is sponsored by the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, named in honor of Paragon Oil founder and well-known health and education philanthropist Arnold Schwartz. His widow Marie Schwartz, a NYU Life Trustee, endowed this lecture series in his honor with a $100,000 grant to NYU Wagner. Past lecturers have been Yale Medical School Dean David Kessler, MD, former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, and Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Harold Varmus, MD, the Nobel Prize-winning medical researcher.

Admission to this event is by invitation only.

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