Marilyn Moon

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Marilyn Moon

Institute Fellow and Director, AIR’s Center on Aging
American Institutes for Research

Marilyn Moon is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research and director of the Center on Aging. A nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, she has served as senior fellow at the Urban Institute, senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Moon has written extensively on health policy and other social insurance issues. She serves on the boards of the Medicare Rights Center and Holy Cross Hospital and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Social Insurance. She earned her B.A. from Colorado College and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, both in economics.

Professional Achievements

  • Served as a Public Trustee of Social Security and Medicare and as Chair of the State of Maryland Health Care Commission.
  • Chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission from 2008 to 2012, and was a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from 1995 to 2000.
  • Received the Robert M. Ball award for outstanding achievements in social insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.


June 2005
Over the past two decades, health care spending has tended to grow at twice the rate of overall economic growth. Today's seniors each spend, on average, more than $9,200 per year on health care costs.
February 2007
Individuals considering early retirement, i.e., retirement before age 65, must not only carefully plan their financial resources, but they should also plan for health insurance coverage till age 65 when eligibility for Medicare begins.
May 2008
Medicare is crucial to the financial wellbeing of retirees. Calls for Medicare reform need to proceed with caution to ensure the program continues to support retiree financial security.