Theresa is leading a SHARE-funded project that will document the enrollment, structure, funding and objectives of current state-funded programs for the uninsured, along with the legal, technical and policy issues that states will have to address as they review options for transitioning program enrollees as they become eligible for other coverage under PPACA. The project will also analyze possibilities for re-directing state dollars that will be freed up by the infusion of federal funds in 2014 to continue to protect the health of vulnerable populations in a way that is compliant with federal requirements and consistent with state goals.
Theresa is a nationally known expert on design and financing of Medicaid and SCHIP waiver programs. She has more than 22 years experience in health care, including seven years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the Health Care Financing Administration) where she specialized in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Prior to joining HMA in 2005, Theresa provided consulting assistance to several states relative to the analysis and development of waiver proposals. Her experience includes policy and budget analysis, legislation, administration, and contract management. She concentrates on policy analysis of health care issues, program development, budget neutrality and policy negotiations, and program implementation. She also conducts focus groups and facilitates multi-faceted work groups.
Additional Professional Roles
Theresa has experience as a legislative analyst for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, as a program manager for The National Council on Aging, and as Director of an Area Agency on Aging, where she spearheaded several initiatives aimed at expanding options for elders with disabilities to remain in their own homes.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.