By the time the sun sets today, another
8,000 baby boomers will have celebrated their 65th birthday.
And, even if we haven’t met all these
elders yet, we already know a lot about them: Nearly one in
seven of them are already poor (or barely above the
poverty line); nearly 3 million of them will have dementia or Alzheimer’s
disease by the time they’re 85; they’ll make up
nearly three-quarters of new HIV cases in the next few years.
So why is it, in a presidential
election year that might well be boomers’ last chance to put one of their own
in the White House, that so little time and space has been giving to the
problems (and rewards) of an aging population?
That’s why Provider and the Bipartisan Policy Center are proud to announce our
next #ProviderChats on Feb. 23, from 1-2
p.m. EST to discuss the Politics of Aging, 2016.
We’re thrilled to be joined by an
all-star panel of experts, including:
Clif Porter, senior vice president for government relations at the American Health
Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. His group’s constructive,
“We Are The Solution” approach to lobbying has won praise from both sides of
Congress and the public, helping to win victories in the long-vexing Medicare
“doc fix” problem, a clean payment resolution, and passage of IMPACT.
Clif has spent nearly three decades in elder care, rising from
administrator-in-training to the head of HCR ManorCare’s government relations
department for more than a decade. A native of Columbia, Md., Clif now lives in
Ohio, with his wife, Deborah. They’ve raised three kids.
Redfoot, Dementia Action Alliance. Don spent nearly three decades with AARP,
most recently as its senior strategic policy adviser. He conducted and
supervised public policy research on domestic and international issues related
to assisted living, long-term care financing options, and reverse mortgages.
Don was a founding member and former chair of the board of the Center
for Excellence in Assisted Living, and he currently sits on the board of the
Pioneer Network, as well as the steering committee for the Long-Term Care
He currently lives in Montana where he and his wife live with and care
for her aging parents with dementia.
Hayes is the director of health policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Prior
to joining BPC, Hayes worked as an associate research professor in the
Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of
Public Health and Health Services and served as co-director of Health Reform GPS: Navigating Health Reform
Implementation, a website jointly sponsored by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and GW’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program. She also
taught graduate courses in federal advocacy and policymaking and the federal
Katherine has vast experience in government: she served as legislative
counsel to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), legislative assistant to Senator John H.
Chafee (R-RI) and Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX), and as a program consultant
for the State of Missouri Medicaid agency. She also worked as a health and
education policy advisor for the State of Texas, Office of State-Federal Relations.
Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from The
American University Washington College of Law.