Health Policy Roundup: State Policy Analysis and Priorities

Stephanie Anthony, J.D., MPH, is a veteran of state and federal health care administrations with experience in program design and implementation. She provides research, analysis and advisory services on health policy and health law to public and private sector clients. Clients turn to Stephanie for counsel on health care reform, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) financing, program design and waivers, post-acute care, and long-term services and supports. She also advises on best practices in care management, integrated care models, and coverage options for the uninsured. Before joining Manatt, Stephanie was with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS’s) Center for Health Law and Economics, where she helped Massachusetts become the first state to implement a demonstration program of integrated care for individuals with dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid. Stephanie oversaw strategic planning, policy development and analysis, program design, data analytics, and stakeholder engagement efforts. She was also the lead consultant providing analytic and staff support to Massachusetts’ Long-Term Care Financing Advisory Committee. Prior to UMMS, Stephanie was deputy Medicaid director in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. A member of the executive management team, she worked with the federal Medicaid oversight agency and was integral to the development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s landmark health care reform law. Stephanie also oversaw CHIP and the MassHealth 1115 Waiver, the primary financing mechanism for the publicly funded health care reform coverage expansions. Stephanie’s government service also includes work as a director of federal and national policy management within EOHHS’s Medicaid office and as a legal advisor and policy analyst for the Office
of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also was a senior policy analyst for the Economic and Social Research Institute.


Colleen Becker, MPP, is a senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She specializes in prescription drug access and affordability issues. Colleen tracks and analyzes legislation, has written dozens of policy publications, convened and facilitated numerous meetings with legislators, staff and other national experts, and provides technical assistance and expertise to legislative members. Before joining NCSL, Colleen was the policy coordinator for the Chronic Care Collaborative, an organization advocating for one in four Coloradoans impacted by chronic disease. Early in her career, Colleen spent over a decade as a clinical lab supervisor for Kaiser Permanente where she oversaw all aspects of pathology laboratory operations in Colorado. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Denver.


Suzanne F. Delbanco, Ph.D., MPH, is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. Suzanne also serves on the advisory board of the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition at UC Hastings. Previously, Suzanne was the founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Maureen Hensley-Quinn, MPA, senior program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) leads the Coverage, Cost and Value team that focuses on states’ efforts to finance, provide and improve coverage and care. Maureen oversees NASHP’s portfolio of work that supports state officials with responsibilities for Medicaid, CHIP, and the state-based marketplaces, as well as centers dedicated to lowering prescription drug and health system costs. Through research and analysis of federal and state laws, regulations and best practices, Maureen supports efforts to identify, create and disseminate solutions for states to increase affordable coverage and care for individuals’ across age and income ranges. Prior to joining the staff of NASHP in 2007, Maureen was the Medical Specialist at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) where she focused on the public’s access to health care through analysis of public health coverage (Medicaid in particular) and state and federal transportation policies. Prior to working at CTAA, Maureen was a mediator/legal analyst within the Insurance Division of the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office. In this role she provided education to consumers and advocated on their behalf for improved treatment and coverage, particularly in health care (both public and private). Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Merrimack College in Massachusetts and earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.


Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., leads Arnold Ventures’ work to lower the cost and improve the value of health care. He has more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing health policy, including prior positions as the executive director of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; assistant director of Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office; deputy director of health plans at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; health financing branch chief at the Office of Management and Budget; and senior research associate at the Urban Institute. Dr. Miller has extensive experience identifying emerging health care issues, developing policy solutions, working with policymakers, and engaging diverse stakeholders. Over the course of his career, he has been directly involved in the development of major health legislation such as the Balanced Budget Act; the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act; and the Affordable Care Act. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an master’s and bachelor’s in political science from Old Dominion University.

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