Understanding What’s Next for Medicaid

Josh Archambault is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). Prior to joining FGA, Mr. Archambault served as the director of the Center for Healthcare Solutions, and as program manager for the Middle Cities Initiative at Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based free-market think tank. While at Pioneer, he co-authored the nationally acclaimed book The Great Experiment: The States, The Feds, and Your Healthcare (2012) and published numerous studies on the potential impact of payment and delivery system reform proposals on patients and Obamacare’s impact on Massachusetts residents and businesses. Mr. Archambault was previously selected as a health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where his research concentrated on the impact of Obamacare on small businesses and the lessons that could be learned from the Massachusetts experiment. In the past, Mr. Archambault served as a legislative director in the Massachusetts State Senate for Scott Brown and as senior legislative aide for then-Gov. Mitt Romney in his Office of Legislative Affairs. Mr. Archambault holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political studies and economics from Gordon College.

Charles Duarte is the chief executive officer of Community Health Alliance (CHA), a non-profit federally qualified health center with six fixed health center sites in Washoe County, Nevada  as well as mobile dental programs and a Women Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program in the area.  CHA serves more than 30,000 unduplicated patients annually.  Prior to working at CHA, Mr. Duarte served for 15 years as a Medicaid administrator: 12 years in Nevada and 3 years in Hawaii.  Mr. Duarte has an undergraduate degree in medical technology and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.  He currently lives in Minden, Nevada with his wife Emma and has two adult sons.

Richard Frank is the Margaret T. Morris professor of health economics in the department of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at DHHS directing the office of disability, aging and long-term care policy. From 2013 to 2014, he served as a special advisor to the office of the secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy. Dr. Frank was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 1997. He is the co-author with Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).

Cindy Mann is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, guiding states, providers, plans, consumer organizations and foundations on creating and implementing effective strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and delivery and payment system transformation.  She formerly served as the deputy administrator at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services at CMS, where she led the administration of Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Program for more than five years during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ms. Mann’s prior positions include research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, where she was founder and director of the Center for Children and Families, senior advisor at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, director of the Family and Children’s Health Program Group at the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA), now CMS. Ms. Mann earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law.

Moderators

Sarah Dash is president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Policy. Previously, Ms. Dash was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and served as a senior health policy aide on Capitol Hill. She received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor of science from MIT.

Melinda Abrams is vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and leads its health care delivery system reform program. Since coming to the Fund in 1997, Ms. Abrams has worked on the Fund’s Task Force on Academic Health Centers, the Child Development and Preventive Care program, and most recently, she led the Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program. Ms. Abrams has served on many national committees and boards for private organizations and federal agencies, and is a peer-reviewer for several journals. Ms. Abrams was the recipient of a Champion Award from the Primary Care Development Corporation and a Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Ms. Abrams holds a B.A. in history from Cornell University and an M.S. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.