Where Medicaid Stands

Tony Leys has been an editor and reporter for the Des Moines Register since 1988. He has primarily covered health care since 2000, while also dabbling in politics and other subjects. His projects have included reporting trips to Afghanistan, Uganda, Guatemala and Mali. Tony is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics, journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Christopher Pope is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Previously, he served as director of policy research at West Health; health-policy fellow at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce; fellow at the Heritage Foundation; and research manager at the American Enterprise Institute. Pope’s research interests include the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and entitlement reform. Pope holds a B.Sc. in government and economics from the London School of Economics and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Robin Rudowitz is an associate director for the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she focuses on state and federal Medicaid financing issues and Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to joining KFF in 2004, Rudowitz was a senior manager at The Lewin Group, a health policy and management consulting firm.  Rudowitz has worked on budget and health policy issues in different government agencies, including the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia, the Congressional Budget Office and the Ways and Means Committee for the New York State Assembly.

Hemi Tewarson serves as program director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, where she oversees projects centering around Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, state leadership and health care delivery and payment system reform. Prior to joining NGA, Tewarson served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and was in private practice as a health policy attorney at Powell Goldstein, LLP and McDermott, Will & Emery. Tewarson also served as chair and elected member of the D.C. Bar Health Law Steering Committee. Tewarson holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.