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History Forum to Focus on Golden Anniversary of Health Care for Golden Years

This year's annual Duquesne University history forum lecture will explore Medicare at 50: The Public and Private Roots of America's Best Known Health Insurance Program.

The featured speaker for the free event will be Dr. Christy Ford Chapin, author of Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System. She will present on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom.

Chapin, assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss the mixture of governmental and market authority in the U.S. health care system. She will address how the insurance company model positioned corporations at the center of the health care system and shaped the development of public programs such as Medicare-and its legacy in the Affordable Care Act.

"Understanding the development of Medicare is crucial for understanding the future of American health care, since spending on the program currently accounts for around 14 percent of the federal budget and will continue to grow as the Baby Boomers age," said Dr. Andrew T. Simpson, an assistant professor of history at Duquesne who studies the history of American health care systems.

Hosted by the history department, the event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the School of Nursing and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

For more information, visit http://www.duq.edu/historyforum or call 412.396.6470. A reception will follow the talk.

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