Requiring Individuals to Purchase Health Insurance – Ask the Experts, LIVE Webcast

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 being considered in other states. The individual mandate is also featured in national proposals in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail. Tomorrow, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET, join's Ask the Experts live webcast panel for an in-depth look at individual mandates.

WHAT: This live webcast will address such questions as: 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?

WHO: 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.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET
After the live program, a podcast, transcript and an archived version of the webcast will be available for viewing at any time.

WHERE: Watch the live webcast on

HOW: The panel of experts will take your phone calls and emails. Send questions in advance to or call 1-888-524-7378 during the live broadcast.

Please note: The toll-free phone number will function only during the live program and is for submitting questions only. The program is accessible via webcast on the Internet and not via teleconference. If you have never viewed a webcast before, please test your media player in advance of the live webcast at

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This program aired on January 30, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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