Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic
Role of Presenters:
You are knowledgeable and passionate about a particular health policy related issue. You receive a phone call from a health legislative aide from your U.S. Senator’s office and he/she asks you to prepare and deliver testimony at an upcoming Congressional health committee hearing on a topic related to this issue. Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic
Each student will be assigned to a panel of 4-5 students to testify on a topic related to ONE of the below policy issues:
MY ASSIGNED TOPIC IS MEDICARE, I NEED A SUBTOPIC TO PRESENT ABOUT. THERE IS ALREADY SOMEONE PRESENTING ON MEDICARE FOR CHRONIC CARE AND AGING. I NEED TO SPEAK ABOUT A DIFFERENT SUBTOPIC IN MEDICARE. ALL I NEED IS A PAGE OR TWO OF RESEARCHED INFORMATION WHICH I CAN SPEAK ABOUT FOR 5 MINUTES.
Each panel of students will research their assigned health policy issue, and decide what timely subtopic each student will address in their testimony.Each student must address a different policy topic under the panel’s assigned policy issue (NOT a different part of the testimony). Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic
Prepare and deliver a 5-minute testimony (maximum time per student) in class to a (pretend) Congressional committee with health jurisdiction interested in your policy issue and considering legislation to address the issue.Be creative on how you approach your topic.For example, you may be proposing a new piece of legislation, arguing a new policy angle to existing policy, etc.
Each student’s testimony on the panel should include a brief background on the issue, facts, your proposal, and arguments (pro and con).AT LEAST ONE-HALF OF YOUR TESTIMONY TIME MUST BE SPENT ON THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR POLICY PROPOSAL. Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic
PRACTICE YOUR PRESENTATION.DO NOT STAND UP AND SIMPLY READ YOUR NOTES.NO POWERPOINT SLIDES OR HANDOUTS. View the following short video that provides effective tips for testifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMp3NTIyjQ Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic
Format should resemble actual short Congressional testimonies, which can be found on Congressional Committee websites (i.e., go to http://help.senate.gov/, then click on “Hearings”, then the year you want to view (i.e., 2016), then the month (i.e., November), then the topic of interest (i.e., Ensuring Drug Safety: Where Do We Go From Here?), then view the individual testimonies to get a feel of format, content, etc. Testimony on a Medicare Subtopic