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Anne Schwartz

Executive Director, MACPAC, and Panelist, June 22nd Medicaid Forum

Anne Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  On June 22, she was a panelist at the policy forum, How Could Medicaid Reform Impact Access to Health Care and Long-term Services and Supports?, co-sponsored by the Academy and AARP. For over 30 years, Anne Schwartz has contributed to development of U.S. health care policy.

"Anne is a distinguished national leader in access to care, especially for Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare beneficiaries,” said Academy Member David Colby, former Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “She brings in-depth program expertise, strong analytical skills, and knowledge of congressional processes to her work."

She started her career as a Legislative Assistant for Former U.S. Representative Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island.  Schwartz also served as a Professional Staff Member on the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. House of Representatives before moving on to the Physician Payment Review Commission in 1989, first as an Analyst and subsequently Senior Analyst and Special Assistant to the Executive Director.  Schwartz went on to become the Vice President for Grantmakers in Health, where she worked with the President and CEO to help corporate giving programs and foundations connect their efforts public policy.  After a four-year career hiatus spent in Paris, France where her husband headed up the National Science Foundation’s Europe office, she served as a Deputy Editor for Health Affairs prior to becoming Executive Director for MACPAC in 2013.  Schwartz received her B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University and completed a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University.  She has been a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2002.

“I am pleased to see that the Academy now includes Medicaid as a key element of social insurance, recognizing the program’s important role in providing health and financial security to tens of millions of Americans and its interrelationships with other social insurance programs including Medicare and disability,” said Schwartz.