About the speaker
Gail Wilensky is an economist and serves as the John M. Olin Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, where she analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and ongoing changes in the medical marketplace. Dr. Wilensky testifies frequently before Congressional committees, acts as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally before professional, business, and consumer groups.
From 1997 to 2001, she chaired the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on payment and other issues relating to Medicare. From 1995 to 1997, she chaired the Physician Payment Review Commission.
Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant to President 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, and serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mineworkers of America and the Research Triangle Institute. She is an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, and is a director on several corporate boards.
Wilensky received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a PhD in economics at the University of Michigan.
Read more about Dr. Gail Wilensky: http://www.gailwilensky.com/.
Sponsored by the School of Public Health, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, and the Griffith Leadership Center.