Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Getting Medicare Right

WASHINGTON, DC – Medicare policy has risen to the top of the congressional agenda this year. Health care reform is gaining support in Washington, D.C. and in many places around the country. Given the size of Medicare, changes made in that program can not only affect beneficiaries but also have a very large impact on health care policy across the board. Key elements in getting Medicare right include eliminating the overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans and reforming Medicare fee-for-service.

Following the welcome and introduction from Cassandra Butts, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP will give remarks regarding Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare fee-for-service. The discussion will close with questions from the audience.

Keynote address by: William D. Novelli, CEO of AARP

Introductory remarks by: Cassandra Q. Butts, SVP for Domestic Policy, Center for American Progress

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Program: 10:00am to 11:00am Admission is free.

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 Map & Directions

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William D. Novelli is CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 38 million people age 50 and older, half of whom remain actively employed. AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age.

Prior to joining AARP, Novelli was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose mandate is to change public policies and the social environment, limit tobacco companies’ marketing and sales practices to children, and serve as a counterforce to the tobacco industry and its special interests. He now serves as chairman of the board.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CARE, the world’s largest private relief and development organization and co-founder and president of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations agencies and part of the Omnicom Group, an international marketing communications corporation.

Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving, and other programs in the United States and the developing world.

Cassandra Q. Butts is Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining the Center, she was a senior advisor to Rep. Richard A. Gephardt and volunteered as the policy director on his 2004 presidential campaign. Cassandra coordinated the formulation of policy on Rep. Gephardt’s presidential campaign that included a universal health care plan and economic development proposals. In her seven years of work for Rep. Gephardt during his tenure as the House Democratic Leader, Cassandra was a principal advisor on matters involving the judiciary, financial services, and information technology. In July 2000, she also served as an international election observer to the Zimbabwe parliamentary elections.

Prior to her service with Rep. Gephardt, Cassandra was an Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, where she worked on civil rights policy and litigated voting rights and school desegregation cases. She also served as Legislative Counsel to Sen. Harris L. Wofford . Cassandra is a recipient of the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship and the Stennis Congressional Staff Fellowship. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.