Health Care Access & Financing Committee

This committee is responsible for issues related to providing health insurance coverage as well as financing, organization, and regulation for the health care system. Areas of expertise: financing, Medicaid, CHIP, coverage expansions, insurance regulation, cost containment, and purchasing strategies.

K. Joseph Flores, MS (Chair)
Deputy Secretary of HHR
Virginia Office of the Governor
Richmond, VA

Jessica Altman
Chief of Staff
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Harrisburg, PA

Susan Birch
Executive Director
Colorado Department of Health
Care Policy & Financing
Denver, CO

Cathy Caldwell
Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance
Alabama Department of Public Health
Montgomery, AL

Eileen Cody
Washington State House of Representatives
Seattle, WA

Al Gobeille
Secretary, Agency of Human Services
State of Vermont
Waterbury, VT

Richard N. Gottfried, JD
Chair, Committee on Health
New York State Assembly
Albany, NY

Louis Gutierrez
Executive Director
Mass. Health Connector
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

Emily F. Hancock, RPH, Pharm. D., MPA
Clinical Pharmacist, Policy and Program Integration
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indianapolis, IN

Jennifer S. Johnson, MPH
Florida Department of Health in Jefferson and Madison counties
Madison, FL

René Mollow, MSN, RN
Deputy Director
Health Care Benefits and Eligibility
California Department of Health Care Services
Sacramento, CA

Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard, JD, MS, RN
Chief Exeuctive Officer
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Oklahoma City, OK

Jennifer Patterson
Health Policy Legal Counsel
New Hampshire Insurance Department
Concord, NH

Chris Priest
Medicaid Director
Department of Health and Human Services
State of Michigan
Lansing, MI

David Seltz
Executive Director
Health Policy Commission
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

Norman Thurston, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Health Care Statistics
Utah Department of Health
Salt Lake City, UT

Jeremy Vandehey
Governor’s Health Policy Advisor
State of Oregon
Salem, OR

David White
Governor’s Healh Policy Advisor
State of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

NASHP Staff Liaison:
Maureen Hensley-Quinn
Project Director