Maria Schiff

Maria Schiff

  • Senior Officer
  • States' Fiscal Health,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Maria Schiff works on state and local correctional health care spending and performance, which helps policymakers access the information they need to make data-driven policy decisions.

Schiff manages a team of researchers conducting comprehensive 50-state assessments and other analyses of the health care provided to those incarcerated in prisons and jails, and those transitioning back into the community after release. This research helps states and localities better understand how they can maintain high-performing systems by effectively tracking and monitoring costs, measuring and improving the quality of care delivered, and facilitating well-coordinated health care transitions for inmates as they enter and depart the correctional system.

Schiff has held numerous positions in the health care field and in groundbreaking health reform efforts. At the National Governors Association, she advised states on 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 director for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, she helped research and plan Governor Mitt Romney’s 2006 health care reform law. Following her government service, Schiff launched a managed care insurance program that enrolled previously uninsured Massachusetts residents for a nonprofit Medicaid managed care insurer. Schiff has also worked as a community hospital administrator, leading quality assurance and evaluation initiatives.

Schiff holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in community health administration from Long Island University.

Recent Work

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  • How States Provide Health Benefits to Retired Workers

    A recent issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the share of Medicare-eligible retirees who have employer-sponsored supplemental insurance is at a 25-year low, measuring between 16 and 25 percent depending on the national survey used. Read More

  • State Health Care Costs Vary Significantly

    When it comes to health care spending, states face a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens,  with obligations ranging from caring for their most vulnerable populations—the poor, elderly, very young, chronically ill, or incarcerated—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees as part of compensation packages.  Read More

  • State Health Care Spending: Key Findings

    Health care spending presents a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens for states, whose obligations range from caring for the neediest residents—those who cannot afford health care or health insurance on their own—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees who have negotiated it as part of their compensation packages. States spend, in the aggregate, hundreds... Read More

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