Thursday, January 31, 2008

Live Webcast on "Individual Mandate" Healthcare Coverage

From the Kaiser Family Foundation:

Requiring individuals to obtain health care coverage — often referred to as an "individual mandate" — is a key part of a major health reform plan being implemented in Massachusetts and is being considered in other states. It is also featured in national proposals in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail. At 1:30 p.m. ET today join's "Ask the Experts" LIVE webcast panel for an in-depth look at individual mandates:

What are the policy arguments for and against a mandate? Is it a necessary part of a strategy to achieve universal coverage and greater accessibility in the non-group insurance market? What would be required to make a mandate work? How have mandates functioned in other areas?

Larry Levitt, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and editor-in-chief of, will moderate the discussion with Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute; Sherry Glied, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and Len Nichols, director of the New America Foundation's Health Policy Program. E-mail your questions before and during the show to The webcast is available online at

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