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Demetrios Kouzoukas referenced by the House Budget Committee – April 26, 2024

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Demetrios Kouzoukas
Director Medicare Reform InitiativeatParagon Health Institute

Demetrios L. Kouzoukas is the Director of Paragon Health Institute’s Medicare Initiative. From 2017 to 2021, Kouzoukas served as the Chief Executive of the Medicare program at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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On April 26, 2024, Paragon’s Medicare Reform Initiative Director, Demetrios Kouzoukas, was referenced in an article by the House Budget Committee for his involvement with Representative Burgess’ Health Care Task Force (HCTF).

From the article:

The letter follows a recent HCTF member roundtable focused on examining why CMMI is adding billions to the national debt, rather than generating budgetary savings as the program intended.

The roundtable brought together members of the HCTF, CBO Director Phillip Swagel, and Demetrios Kouzoukas of Paragon Health Institute, who previously served as the head of the Medicare program under the Trump Administration

Members, CBO, and stakeholders discussed how mandatory health care programs are the primary drivers of our nation’s out-of-control $34 trillion in national debt.

The CBO baseline shows that spending on major health care programs will exceed $3.2 trillion in 2034, three times larger than the amount projected to be spent on national defense in the same year. As a result, we must conduct budgetary oversight of mandatory health care programs such as CMMI that are adding to our national debt and not delivering for taxpayers or patients.

The full article can be found here.

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