America's Health Future
On Tuesday, May 15, The Washington Post hosted a live news event exploring how challenges posed by chronic diseases, access to health insurance and the future of Medicaid will affect the health of all Americans in the years to come. Speakers include U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Highmark Health CEO David Holmberg.
The Health Horizon: The Future of an Evolving Industry
Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg discusses issues related to the future of the insurance industry, the affordability of medical services and the evolving health-care continuum with The Washington Post’s Carolyn Y. Johnson.
Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg urges technology companies to get involved in the health-care industry, saying that big data can greatly impact insights into health care.
Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg responds to President Trump's recent proposal for reducing drug costs. Holmberg says that while "it's a step in the right direction" he suggests thinking "about the health-care system differently."
David L. Holmberg
President and CEO, Highmark Health
David Holmberg is president and chief executive officer of Highmark Health, a national health and wellness enterprise based in Pittsburgh, Pa., that serves millions of Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Holmberg also serves as chairman of the board of Highmark Inc., the health insurance affiliate of Highmark Health, as well as the Board of Directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and American Health Insurance Plans.
Interviewed by Carolyn Y. Johnson
Carolyn Johnson is a business of health reporter at The Washington Post.
American Healthscape: One Nation Under Distress
The Washington Post’s Lenny Bernstein sits down with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy to examine the country’s public health landscape with a focus on combating chronic diseases, addiction and mental health conditions.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy argues that the effects of loneliness are as detrimental to the human body as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
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Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy notes that smoking rates in the United States are down to about 15 percent of the population, but warns that "we still lose about half a million people" due to tobacco related disease in the U.S.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy says the opioid crisis in America reveals deeper issues in communities across America.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy says that if you walk an average of 22 minutes per day, you can reduce your risk of diabetes by 30 percent and your risk of heart disease by 20 percent.
Vivek H. Murthy, MD
Former U.S. Surgeon General
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 to 2017. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally. During his tenure, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis.
Interviewed by Lenny Bernstein
Lenny Bernstein is a health and medicine reporter at The Washington Post.
Turning the Page: Transforming Medicaid
The Washington Post’s Paige Winfield Cunningham speaks one-on-one with U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, who outlines her vision for Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma explains which parts of President Trump's proposal to reduce prescription drug costs she sees as most significant. Verma outlines her three top priorities: "Increasing competition,” “negotiation” and “creating incentives for pharmaceutical companies to lower their list prices.”
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma describes new updates to CMS's drug spending dashboards, explaining that for the first time the dashboards will display drug prices and year-over-year changes in drug costs for Medicare and Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma lays out her vision for Medicaid saying her goal at CMS is to “provide a new era of flexibility for states.”
Seema Verma
Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. Administrator Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of their healthcare and ensuring they have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions. She will be joining this discussion to speak about the future of Medicaid.
Interviewed by Paige Winfield Cunningham
Paige Winfield Cunningham is a health policy reporter and author of The Washington Post's “The Health 202” newsletter.
Sponsor Remarks
Matthew Eyles, Incoming President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, delivers opening remarks ahead of The Washington Post’s future of health program.
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