Robert B. Helms has served as a member of the Medicaid Commission as well as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and deputy assistant secretary for health policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An economist by training, he has written and lectured extensively on health policy and health economics, including the history of Medicare, the tax treatment of health insurance, and compared international health systems. He currently participates in the Health Policy Consensus Group, an informal task force that is developing consumer-driven health reforms. He is the author or editor of several AEI books on health policy, including Medicare in the Twenty-First Century: Seeking Fair and Efficient Reform and Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Member, Health and Human Services Medicaid Commission, 2005-2006
Executive Director, American Pharmaceutical Institute, 1989-90
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 1984-89; Deputy Assistant Secretary, 1981-84, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Director, Center for Health Policy Research, AEI, 1974-81
Professor, Loyola College, 1971-73
Ph.D., M.A., economics, University of California at Los Angeles
At this event, four of the authors will stress that consumer choice of competing health plans and structural reforms of traditional Medicare are essential to making health care affordable and saving Medicare for future generations.
Please join AEI for a series of policy discussions on the Hill to mark the week of the State of the Union address. These discussions will frame the many challenges we face at home and abroad in 2012 while also offering solutions. Food will be provided at each of the events on the Hill, so please RSVP to guarantee your meal.
An expert panel will discuss the impact of proposals to restructure FEHBP and what they imply for both the survival of the program and the broader health system under the president’s health care reform.