Kathleen D. Gifford, JD
Kathy Gifford is a leading expert on state Medicaid programs, advising clients on the challenges, opportunities and complexities that arise in a program designed and administered differently in every state. Since 2002, she has coauthored the nationally recognized 50-state annual Medicaid budget survey report for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In addition to tracking and analyzing budget and policy trends in state Medicaid programs, Kathy and her coauthors identify emerging issues for policy makers across the country.
Kathy also works with other public and private sector clients, including states, health plans, provider organizations and associations, and patient advocacy organizations, on program and policy analyses, market research and state procurement requests. She is also a frequent speaker on Medicaid-related topics for both public and private audiences including appearances on panels for the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the National Health Policy Forum.
Before joining HMA in 2002, Kathy directed the Indiana Medicaid program (1997-2001). In that role, she helped develop and implement Indiana’s Children’s Health Insurance Program which received national recognition for its success in outreach and enrollment. Prior to running the Medicaid program, Kathy worked for the Indiana State Budget Agency for six years. During her tenure, she served in leadership roles, including Deputy Budget Director, and focused on a wide range of state budget policy issues including Medicaid financing, welfare reform, and school formula equalization.
Before discovering her passion for public policy, Kathy practiced corporate, securities, and general business law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science (with honors) from DePauw University and a law degree (with honors) from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is based in HMA’s Indianapolis office and is an avid Colts and Pacers fan.
Princeton Conference XIX: May 23, 2012