Webinar: The Latest Findings on National Health Spending from CMS
During this webinar, the Academy discussed the most recent findings on National Health Spending from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Since 2009, health care spending has experienced its lowest growth rates in decades. According to a new analysis from the CMS Office of the Actuary, that was published in the January edition of Health Affairs, this trend continued into 2012 with an increase in spending of only 3.7 percent to $2.8 trillion.
Lekha S. Whittle
Lekha Whittle is an economist in the National Health Statistics Group with the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She works on historical and state-based national health spending estimates. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Maryland College Park and a master of policy science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Senior Health Fellow, American Academy of Actuaries
Cori Uccello is an actuary and the Senior Health Fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries. She serves as the actuarial profession’s chief public policy liaison on health issues. In this role, she promotes the formulation of sound health policy by providing nonpartisan technical assistance to federal and state policymakers and regulators. She focuses on issues related to health insurance financing, coverage and market reforms, risk-sharing provisions, and Medicare.