This free, online event was held on November 6, 2006, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the Center for Health Care Strategies. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: More than seven million Americans qualify as "dual eligibles"-- low-income seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. Average health care costs for dual eligibles are double those of other Medicare beneficiaries, amounting to more than 40% of total Medicaid spending and almost one quarter of Medicare expenditures. Confronting fragmented systems of care, duplicative services, and misalignments in state and federal financing represent key opportunities to maximize the use of public health dollars to improve the quality of care for these adults.

In this online event, experts identified who the dual eligibles are, described their health needs and costs, and considered innovative strategies to provide cost-effective, high-quality care for this population. Our expert panel discussed policy implications and shared preliminary examples of how Medicare-Medicaid demonstration projects and Special Needs Plans can address the needs of dual eligibles.

This webinar was moderated by Melanie Bella with panelists Chuck Milligan, Jim Verdier, Terry Pratt, Diane Flanders, and Bob Master.

Note: We apologize for the audio quality during the first three minutes, which contain periodic phone entry chimes that are somewhat disruptive but do not persist thereafter.