Maria Schiff directs Pew’s state health care spending project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help policymakers understand state expenditures related to health care and to manage these costs while maintaining or improving Americans’ health.
As the lead on Pew’s portfolio of work on state health spending, Schiff manages a team of researchers tracking health care expenditures by each state—both by program category and in total—analyzing factors driving costs up or down, and identifying strategies to achieve better health outcomes at an affordable cost. She presents frequently on these topics to state and federal leaders, health care stakeholders, and reporters, promoting data-driven policy deliberations and media coverage of health care challenges and solutions.
Schiff has held diverse roles across the health care field and in groundbreaking reform efforts. At the National Governors Association, she advised states on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and conducted research in the areas of health workforce planning and professional scope of practice laws. As a health policy manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she helped conceive and execute Governor Romney’s 2006 health care reform law. Following her government service, Schiff directed a nonprofit Medicaid managed care plan that enrolled previously uninsured Massachusetts residents. She also has worked as a community hospital administrator, leading quality assurance and evaluation initiatives.
Schiff holds a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY-Buffalo and a master’s degree in community health administration from Long Island University.
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The State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, helps policymakers better understand how much money states spend on health care, how and why that amount has changed over time, and which policies are containing costs while maintaining or improving health outcomes. Read More
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