Maria Schiff

Maria Schiff

  • Director
  • State Health Care Spending,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


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.

Recent Work

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  • The Children’s Health Insurance Program

    The Children’s Health Insurance Program, a joint state-federal partnership, covered 8.1 million children at a cost of more than $13 billion in 2013. Since the program’s inception in 1997, CHIP has been administered in every state to provide health insurance to children who don’t qualify for Medicaid or have access to other forms of insurance. Further, CHIP has been instrumental... Read More

  • The Number of State and Federal Prisoners Age 55 and Older Increased by 234%

    The State Health Care Spending Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is examining seven major areas of state health care spending—Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, prison health care, active state government employee health insurance, and retired state... Read More

  • Prison Population Continues to Age

    In 2013, the number of state and federal prisoners 55 or older continued to grow rapidly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. These inmates cost state prison health care systems, on average, at least two to three times that of other inmates. While correctional health care costs began declining in many states in 2010 and 2011, a steadily aging prison population could reverse this trend. Read More

Media Contact

Jeremy Ratner

Director, Communications