Use the directory to the right to quickly access staff bios.You may contact all faculty and staff through the main Institute number at 202-687-0880.
Joan Alker - See Center on Children and Families
Shay Bilchik - See Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Susan Broderick - See Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Tricia Brooks - See Center on Children and Families
Doreen Cavanaugh - E-mail
Colleen Chapman - See Center on Children and Families
Sorrel Concodora - See Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Sabrina Corlette is a Research Professor at the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. There she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients. Her areas of focus include regulation of private health insurance plans and markets and implementation of new insurance market rules under health care reform.
Prior to joining the Institute faculty, Ms. Corlette was Director of Health Policy Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided policy expertise and strategic direction for the organization's advocacy on health care reform, with a particular focus on insurance market reform, benefit design, and the quality and affordability of health care.
From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Corlette worked as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, where she served as health legislative assistant to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). After leaving the Hill, Ms. Corlette served as an attorney at the law firm Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson LLP), where she advised clients on health care law and policy relating to HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid, and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Ms. Corlette is a member of the D.C. Bar and holds her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Anika Fontaine - See Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Sandra Fournier - E-mail
Martha Heberlein - See Center on Children and Families
Jack Hoadley - E-mail
See the Medicare Part D Research Project for a list of publications.
Jack Hoadley is a health policy analyst and political scientist with 30 years experience in the health policy field. He joined Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute in 2002, where he conducts research on health financing topics, including Medicare and Medicaid, with a particular focus on prescription drug issues. Dr. Hoadley was recently appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Dr. Hoadley held positions at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) and its successor (MedPAC); the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University; and in the office of U.S. Representative Barbara Kennelly.
While at Georgetown, Dr. Hoadley has undertaken projects for a variety of government and foundation clients, including the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MedPAC, and DHHS/ASPE. In recent projects, he has studied various aspects of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, including spending trends, the use of formularies, the impact of the coverage gap, and policy options for simplifying and standardizing the program. His reports for the Kaiser Family Foundation on Medicare Part D spending, the coverage gap, and plan benefit design have received considerable attention from both media and policymakers. Findings from a new analysis of Part D claims data to assess what factors influence decisions to use generic drugs will be published in the near future. His other recent work has included projects on Medicaid reform proposals in Florida and Connecticut, consumer protections around balance billing in private insurance plans, standardization options for Medicare Advantage, the growth of retainer-based medical practices, and access to physician services for Medicare beneficiaries.
During his time in ASPE, Dr. Hoadley played a key role in the development of legislative options for Medicare modernization, especially a prescription drug benefit. He headed a Department team that released a report in April 2000, "Prescription Drug Coverage, Spending, Utilization, and Prices." During his time at PPRC and MedPAC, Dr. Hoadley was a lead contributor to the Commission's annual reports, including analysis of trends and developments in Medicare managed care, risk adjustment, health system reform, and Medicaid managed care.
Dr. Hoadley received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979. He taught political science at Duke University and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before coming to Washington as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1983-84. He has published one book, Origins of American Political Parties, 1789-1803, and several articles in professional journals.
Cathy Hope - See Center on Children and Families
Mila Kofman- E-mail
Mila Kofman, J.D. rejoined the faculty at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in July 2011 as a Research Professor and Project Director. A nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets, Kofman focuses on working with states and all stakeholders to implement health insurance reforms. Her approach is informed by hands-on experience as the Superintendent of Insurance in Maine implementing health insurance reforms, being a former federal regulator working with states to implement HIPAA reforms of the 1990s, studying state-based reform efforts and markets, and working with employer purchasing coalitions seeking to leverage purchasing power for sustainable financing of medical care.
From March 2008 to May 2011 as the Superintendent of Insurance in Maine, Kofman oversaw a multi-billion dollar insurance industry, heading an agency with over 70 staff and a multi-million dollar budget. A gubernatorial appointee, she was nominated and first confirmed in 2008, and in 2010 was renominated and unanimously reconfirmed to a new term. Her effective alliances with business groups, the insurance industry, consumer and patient advocates, physicians and other providers, trial attorneys, and sister state agencies helped to improve the state's insurance market for both consumers and companies. The property and casualty market improved its ranking to third best in the nation. Kofman was successful in her priority legislative initiatives with some having passed unanimously. She also successfully undertook agency restructuring. She realigned resources to clear backlogs and improve services to the regulated community; created a market conduct examination unit responsible for ensuring compliance with the state's laws; created a formal and more effective enforcement process, going from a few to dozens of active enforcement cases; and improved consumer services processes making it easier for consumers to get help. Kofman improved transparency and government accountability by holding public hearings around the state on health insurance rates, efforts that were recognized by the White House and served as a model in other states.
In addition to serving on the Governor's Steering Committee on health reform implementation in 2010, Kofman served in key leadership positions at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the northeast zone and served on the NAIC's Executive Committee, she chaired the Health Insurance Regulatory Framework Task Force (responsible for ACA changes to NAIC models), co-chaired the Consumer Information Working Group (statutory working group under ACA with diverse membership of regulators, industry, consumers, physicians, agents, and other stakeholders), and was a member of the (B) Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, the Exchanges Working group, the Executive Committee's Professional Health Insurance Advisors Task Force, and Anti-Fraud Task Force. She was also a member of the Life Insurance and Market Regulation committees. She held the NAIC seat on URAC's Board of Directors.
From 2001 to 2008, Kofman was an Associate Research Professor and Project Director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. She studied state private health insurance market reforms, regulation, products (including alternative products like discount cards), and financing strategies. In addition to more than 30 peer reviewed publications, her work included papers on group purchasing and private-public purchasing partnerships (pre-cursors to exchanges). She led ground breaking research on associations, which continues to be used widely. Ms. Kofman was the first in the nation to document the third cycle of health insurance scams (a report published by BNA) – research that informed a GAO study and a subsequent Congressional hearing. She has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislatures. She also served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. Kofman served on the NAIC Consumer Participation Board of Trustees for 6 years, the Board of Directors for URAC, and was co-editor for the Journal of Insurance Regulation for 3 years. In 2007, she was recognized by the American Council on Consumer Interests and was the 2007 Esther Peterson Consumer Policy Forum Speaker.
Ms. Kofman was a federal regulator at the U.S. Department of Labor (1997-2001). She worked on legislation and implemented HIPAA and related laws. She was honored with the Labor Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Award. In 2000, she was appointed Special Assistant to the Senior Health Care Advisor to the President at the White House to work on legislative and regulatory initiatives -- the Patient's Bill of Rights, long-term care insurance, nursing home reform, and ERISA reform.
As a national expert on health insurance, Kofman served on Kerry's Presidential Campaign Policy Committee on Coverage and Access and was a Health Policy Advisor to the Clark Presidential Campaign. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBS Evening News, ABC News and has been cited in BusinessWeek, Consumer Reports, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, US News & World Report, AM Best, AP, and other press.
Ms. Kofman holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude).
Harriet L. Komisar- E-mail -
Tara Mancini - See Center on Children and Families
Sally McCarty - E-mail
Sally McCarty brought her experience as a state and federal regulator, and a national consumer advocacy expert, to the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute faculty in June, 2012. She is a member of the Senior Research Faculty. Until May, 2012, she was the Director of Rate Review in the Oversight Division at CMS' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). She began her work at CCIIO in August of 2010. McCarty directed CCIIO's Rate Review Program from the writing of the regulation that defines the program through its implementation on September 1, 2011, and oversaw the program's first eight months of operation.
Toni McRae - E-mail
Wesley Prater - See Center on Children and Families
Kristina Rosinsky - See Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Kristin Schwarz - E-mail
Laura Summer - E-mail
Laura Summer is a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. She has over 25 years of experience in the federal government, state government, independent policy organizations and academic institutions. She directs research that examines the manner in which states design, administer, and operate publicly financed health and long-term care programs. The focus of much of Laura’s recent work has been on methods to increase enrollment in public programs for moderate and low-income Americans. She has written extensively about access to health insurance and health and long-term care for populations of all ages, as well as about the operation of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Ms. Summer served as the Deputy Director for the Institute’s Center on an Aging Society for six years. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Summer was a policy consultant to a number of Washington-based organizations and spent several years as a health policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Joseph Touschner - See Center on Children and Families
JoAnn Volk is a Research Professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. There she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers, including implementation of exchanges and the new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining the Institute, JoAnn managed health care policy and advocacy for the AFL-CIO. From 2001 to 2010, she represented the Federation on a broad range of health care issues, including employer-sponsored coverage, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, health care quality, and health care workforce issues. Key areas of work included the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Modernization Act and the Health Coverage Tax Credit for laid off workers.
Before coming to the AFL-CIO, JoAnn was a senior analyst with Abt Associates, doing research on state-based efforts to cover the uninsured and state high-risk pools. Her career began in New York State politics, working primarily as an aide to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.
Karina Wagnerman - See Center on Children and Families
Tricia Waller - E-mail
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