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 of each state—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 leaders, health care stakeholders, and reporters, promoting data-driven policy deliberations and media coverage of health care challenges and solutions.
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 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 director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she helped research and plan Gov. 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 SUNY-Buffalo and a master’s degree in community health administration from Long Island University.
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July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing amendments to the Social Security Act that created Medicare and Medicaid. Over the past five decades, these two landmark programs have provided health care for millions of Americans. But they have also been changed and improved in ways that expand access, increase quality, and control costs. This process will continue in... Read More
Medicaid, the largest health insurance program in the United States and the primary safety-net insurer for many of the most vulnerable Americans, turns 50 on July 30. This milestone comes amid the biggest change in Medicaid since its inception because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Last summer, the State Health Care Spending Project, a collaboration between The Pew... Read More
Researchers from the State Health Care Spending Project—a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trustsand the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—sought to better understand the country’s mentalhealth challenges and, in particular, the states’ role in addressing them. Read More