New Administration, New Approach to Medicaid Waivers?

Jake​ Harper is a reporter with Side Effects Public Media and WFYI in Indianapolis. ​After serving in the Peace Corps, Jake got his start in journalism with the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C. His work ​with Side Effects has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and ​​Latino USA, and regularly appears on stations across the Midwest. In his spare time, he makes music, runs and tries to perfect his pizza crust recipe.

Cindy Mann is a partner at Manatt Health, where she works with clients to develop and implement strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and delivery and payment system transformation. Before joining Manatt, Cindy was with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she served as deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Prior to her appointment at CMS, Cindy was a research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and the founder and director of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families. Previously, Cindy was a senior advisor at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She also was director of the Family and Children’s Health Program group at the Health Care Financing Administration, now CMS. Cindy joined the HCFA from the Center on Budget and Public Policy, where she directed the center’s federal and state health policy work. Previously, she worked on these issues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Cindy has a B.S. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

John McCarthy is a founding partner at Speire Healthcare Strategies. He served as Medicaid director in Ohio and the District of Columbia. From its inception in 2011 until December 2016, John served under Governor John R. Kasich, as the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Ohio’s first cabinet-level Medicaid agency. Through its network of more than 75,000 active providers, ODM made coordinated, person-centered care available to residents across Ohio. Prior to overseeing Ohio Medicaid, McCarthy served as policy director and ultimately Medicaid director for the District of Columbia. As Medicaid director, John was part of the executive team that transitioned and reorganized Medicaid to be the largest freestanding agency in the District. Prior to government service, John spent 10 years at EP&P Consulting, serving as Corporate Manager. At EP&P, he led Medicaid transformation engagements for multiple states. John holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University‘s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University.

Matt Salo is the executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, which represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid directors and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices. Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and he spent the five years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association. Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, Va., and holds a B.A. in eastern religious studies from the University of Virginia.


Karl Eisenhower is the communications director at the Alliance for Health Reform. Before joining the Alliance in 2016, Karl was the health editor at RealClear Media Group, where he managed the launch of the RealClearHealth website, and a senior web editor at Kaiser Health News. Prior to that, he was the new media strategy editor at National Journal and the assistant managing editor for newsroom operations at Karl has a B.A. in political science from the College of Wooster and did some graduate-level studies in political science at Duke.