Marilyn Moon Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance for Her Efforts to Strengthen Medicare

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Marilyn Moon, director of the Center on Aging at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and an Institute Fellow, received the prestigious Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance in recognition of her contributions to strengthening the Medicare system.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius led a list of distinguished speakers who praised Moon, including former U.S Rep. Bill Gradison of Ohio; Robert Reischauer, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and a Public Trustee of Social Security and Medicare trust funds; and Chris Jennings, former Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Health Policy.

Dr. Moon received the award from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) during an event at the National Press Club on June 3, 2014. She is a nationally-recognized economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues and health care financing.

NASI selected Moon for the award, noting she “has an extraordinary record of public service and effectiveness in furthering public understanding of Medicare and its role in our nation’s social insurance system, including its interaction with Medicaid and Social Security.”

“Her tireless efforts to strengthen Medicare and social insurance programs – particularly those affecting the elderly and economically insecure members of our communities – are especially important today as policymakers grapple with social insurance policy reforms and their impact on households,” NASI said. 

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