Sunday, October 14, 2012

Upcoming event: NASI annual conference, “Medicare and Social Security in a Time of Budget Austerity”

Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount (until 11/30) on top of the reduced rate for NASI members.

Medicare and Social Security in a Time of Budget Austerity

Thursday, January 31 – Friday, February 1, 2013
National Press Club, Washington, DC

Conference Co-Chairs:

Janet Shikles, Health Policy Consultant
Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, Urban Institute
Fernando Torres-Gil, Associate Dean and Professor, UCLA School of Public Affairs

JANUARY 2013: A new Congress… possibly a new President. Much will have changed — but the nation will still be struggling to recover fully from the Great Recession, and policymakers will still be under enormous pressure to rebalance the federal budget. Some will advocate major changes to the nation’s great social insurance programs. The one certainty is that doing nothing will not be a viable option. How changes will impact Medicare, Social Security, and the vast numbers of Americans served by these vital programs remains to be seen.

Since its founding in 1986, the National Academy of Social Insurance has become the nation’s leading nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of Social Security, Medicare, and other social insurance programs. NASI’s 2013 conference takes place at a critical moment when serious policy discussions will require an infusion of fresh and provocative proposals for constructive change. Count on it: they’ll be heard at NASI’s 25thannual conference.

Join your colleagues for a two-day program featuring seven plenary sessions, including four keynotes -- featuring speakers like David Wessel (economics editor for the Wall Street Journal and author of Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget), who will give the luncheon keynote on Day 1.

New at the 2013 conference: You will choose from three breakout sessions on either Medicare or Social Security (across Thursday and Friday afternoon), plus choose from at least five roundtable sessions (on Friday morning) that will cover a range of salient topics in social insurance. Outstanding speakers and leading experts from many fields will address key questions, such as whether Social Security and Medicare need only a tune-up or major changes – and how social insurance can better meet the needs of all Americans in the years ahead.

Register online or complete the registration form (attached). Detailed program and more speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check the 2013 NASI Conference page for updates.

Federal “Fire Sale”: Are you a federal employee? Make the most out of your budget by taking advantage of a special group rate. For groups of four or more, you and your colleagues can attend the conference at the deeply discounted rate of $450/attendee ($250 less than the non-member early bird rate, and $50 off the NASI member early bird rate). Registrations must be received by Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. To register, please use the Federal Fire Sale registration form (attached). Online registration is not available for this rate. Further instructions can be found in the form.

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