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 Politics Of Aging

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 PorterClif 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.

Don Redfoot
Don 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 Financing Collaborative.

He currently lives in Montana where he and his wife live with and care for her aging parents with dementia.

Katherine HayesKatherine 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 budget process.

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.


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