Julie Sonier, MPA, is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director at SHADAC with 17 years of state health policy experience related to health care access, cost, and quality. She provides technical expertise and analysis to states on health care policy and implementation, particularly with respect to health insurance coverage, access to care, quality of care, and health care cost. In addition, she works with states, federal agencies, and foundations to identify key data and policy issues related to implementing health reform and understanding its impacts. Her work involves modeling the state-level impacts of health care reforms, helping states to design and implement multipayer payment reform initiatives, developing frameworks and metrics for measuring the state-level impacts of reforms, and assisting states with implementing Medicaid-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Other projects include evaluation of the impacts of the ACA, with a focus on variation across states. She leads SHADAC’s technical assistance to states that have been awarded State Innovation Model (SIM) grants by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Prior to joining SHADAC in 2010, Ms. Sonier served as Minnesota’s state health economist and Director of the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health and was responsible for development and implementation of major health reform initiatives. Ms. Sonier holds a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in economics from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College.