Economics expert who develops policies related to health reform and changes in the medical marketplace Advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials
As a Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, an international health education foundation, Dr. Gail Wilensky analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and to ongoing changes in the medical marketplace. Testifying frequently before Congressional committees, she acts as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally before professional, business and consumer groups.
From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Wilensky co-chaired the President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans, which covered healthcare for both veterans and military retirees. From 1997 to 2001, she chaired the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on payment and other issues relating to Medicare, and from 1995 to 1997, she chaired the Physician Payment Review Commission. Previously, Dr. Wilensky served as Deputy Assistant to President (GHW) Bush for Policy Development, advising him on health and welfare issues. Prior to that, she was Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Dr. Wilensky is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academy of Sciences and its Governing Council, and serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mineworkers of America, the American Heart Association, and on the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Health Care Management. She is an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of Academy Health and is a director on several corporate boards. Dr. Wilensky received a bachelors degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan.
Health Policy & Politics
Future of Medicare
The Aging Population and What It Means For You
The Changing Healthcare Landscape / Environment
U.S. Healthcare Policy – For Foreign Audiences
What’s Ahead for Physicians and Hospitals
Michele Bachmann says IRS "will have the ability" to delay or deny health care
We "don't know what will happen if the IRS is unable to make these determinations in a 'timely' way," said Gail Wilensky, who headed Medicare and Medicaid under President George H.W. Bush and who is now a health policy consultant. And even in the best ...
Next Big Challenge for Health Law: Carrying It Out
New York Times
Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare and Medicaid under President George Bush and supports the new law, said that 2014, when the law will make it mandatory to have insurance, “is going to be quite a bumpy year.” Austan Goolsbee, a former chief economist to ...
This is no time to concede overturning Obamacare
San Antonio Express
“Obamacare is the law of the land now, so don't waste time focusing on overturning or repealing it,” said health care economist Dr. Gail Wilensky in a San Antonio speech covered by Eric Whittington in the April 4 Northwest Weekly. Frankly, I was ...
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