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Ms. Sara Rosenbaum is the Harold and Jane Hirsh professor of health law and policy, and chair of the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prof. Rosenbaum also directs the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and the Center for Health Services Research and Policy and holds appointments in the schools of medicine and health sciences and law. Prof. Rosenbaum, who received her J.D.

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Len Nichols, a highly respected healthcare economist, is the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University. Previously he directed the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, which aimed to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans while reining in costs and improving the efficiency of the overall health care system. Before joining New America, Dr.

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Karen Pollitz is a Research Professor at the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. There she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients. Her areas of focus include regulation of private health insurance plans and markets, managed care consumer protections, and access to affordable health insurance. She is also an adjunct professor in Georgetown's Graduate Public Policy School.

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Juliette Cubanski is a Principal Policy Analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. As an analyst on the Foundation's Medicare Policy Project since 2004, Dr. Cubanski focuses primarily on health policy issues related to Medicare, long-term care, and health coverage for low-income elderly and disabled populations.

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Julie Barnes is the director of health policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Previously, she served as deputy director of the health care policy program at the New America Foundation. In that role, she headed the program's Health Care Reform Communication Project, the purpose of which was to educate industry stakeholders and policymakers about the issues in the health care reform debate, facilitate discussions about those issues among the key players, and mediate those discussions to identify areas of agreement. Ms.

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Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.

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Jack Cheevers is the communications director for Region 9 of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and several other health-related programs. Cheevers oversees communications in Region 9, which covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Trust territories.

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Dr. Halpin's research focuses on health insurance policy, including health insurance benefit design, health care reform, access to care, consumer experiences in managed care, and disease prevention and health promotion. She has been quoted extensively by both print and broadcast media on issues related to national health care reform, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid. She has closely followed the proposals by the 2004 presidential candidates to increase Americans' access to health insurance.

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Mr. Shea was appointed to this position by John J. Sweeney when Mr. Sweeney was elected President of the AFL-CIO in October 1995. Mr. Shea has held various positions at the AFL-CIO from August 1993 through October 1995, serving first as the director of the policy office with responsibility for health care and pensions, and then in several executive staff positions. Before coming to the AFL-CIO, Mr. Shea had been with the Service Employees International Union since 1972 as an organizer and local union official in Massachusetts and, later, on the staff at the national union's headquarters. Mr.

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Dr. Gerald Kominski is a professor in the department of health services. He received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. His current research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care programs and technologies improving access and health outcomes among ethnic and vulnerable populations, and developing models for forecasting population health.

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