Thomas Barker, J.D., is a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, is the co-chair of the firm’s health care practice group, and is a member of the firm’s management committee. He joined the firm in March, 2009. Mr. Barker established and is a contributor to the firm’s Medicaid blog. Prior to joining the firm, he served in a series of senior-level positions at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Administration of President George W. Bush, including serving as general counsel of CMS, counselor to the Secretary of HHS, and general counsel of HHS. Mr. Barker advises clients on a wide range of health care matters, with a specialization in Medicare and Medicaid regulatory issues. He also provides pro-bono legal services on immigration matters, and has developed a specialization in representing individuals who have defected to the United States from North Korea. Mr. Barker formerly served as an adjunct professor of health care law at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and at the Suffolk University School of Law and is a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.
Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.
Katie Keith, J.D., MPH, is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches courses on the Affordable Care Act and LGBT health law and policy. She also maintains a part-time appointment at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and provides “Following the ACA” rapid response analysis for the Health Affairs Blog. Katie is an appointed consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where she represents the interests of consumers in front of state insurance regulators from all 50 states and writes widely on topics that include the health insurance marketplaces, enforcement, and nondiscrimination. Katie received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and holds a master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Jamila Michener, Ph.D., is an associate professor of government at Cornell University. She studies poverty, racial inequality, and public policy. She is author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics(Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program. Prior to working at Cornell, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Elizabeth J. Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., is executive vice president of programs at The Commonwealth Fund. She joined The Fund from Johnson & Johnson where she was vice president for Global Health Policy. Liz was special assistant to President Obama on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council. In 2008-2010, she was Chief Health Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role developing the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act. She also played a key role drafting the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Liz has over 25 years of experience in health policy and health services research. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where her research focused on risk adjustment, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liz is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She serves on the board of directors for the Medicare Rights Center, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Winston Fellowship.