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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#7- Interview with Laura Colbert

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Laura Colbert
Laura is the Executive Director at Georgians for a Healthy Future, where she advocates for health policies that expand coverage and access for Georgians. Before her current role, Laura worked at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the CDC. She holds an MPH from Emory University.  


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#6- Interview with Barbara Otto

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Barbara Otto
Barb is the CEO of Smart Policy Works, a Chicago-based firm that is is a driving force behind building smarter systems of health and social determinants of health for vulnerable people and places across the nation, state of Illinois, and metropolitan Chicago. Before her time at SPW, she worked at the 9to5 National Association of Working Women and at Ernst and Young. 


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#4- Interview with Bryan Cutler

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Bryan Cutler
Bryan is the majority leader in the PA State House, where he has served for 14 years. Before his time in the legislature, he worked in hospital administration and as a radiology technician. He also is an attorney who currently practices law at Nikolaus and Hohenadel.


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#3- Interview with Dylan Roberts

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Dylan Roberts
Dylan is the state representative for Colorado House District 26. In that role he serves as the chair of multiple committees, including the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee, the Capital Development Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He is also the Deputy District Attorney for Colorado's 5th Judicial District.


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#2- Interview with Adam Fox

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Adam Fox
Adam is theDirector of Strategic Engagement at Colorado Consumer Health Initiative  . He advocates for better consumer access to healthcare in Colorado and has been featured as a thought leader on national news outlets such as CNN. In his role at CHHI he focuses on communication strategies, media engagement and driving the policy agenda in his state. 


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#5- Interview with John Sweeney and Cheryl Gardner

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John Sweeney
WEX Health


John Sweeney is a thought leader on the WEX Public Sector team, focused on connecting WEX innovation to evolving client needs in the Medicaid and health marketplace verticals. Prior to joining the WEX team, John served in various other healthcare technology roles throughout his 20+ year career, including nearly 10 years at IBM companies.  John also serves as the Director of the Hale Center Theatre, where he has directed 30 productions over the last 16 years. 

Cheryl Gardner
Gardner Strategies


Cheryl Smith Gardner is the founder of Gardner Strategies, a health policy and strategy company. Cheryl combines functional knowledge and experience in state health policy design with a notable background in strategic management and program administration. Her clients include state government agencies, technology firms, and policy shops. 

Prior to founding Gardner Strategies, Cheryl served as the Chief Executive Officer at beWellnm (New Mexico’s health insurance exchange), as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (AHIM), as a Senior Practitioner at Deloitte Consulting, as a director in the Health Insurance Exchange practice at Leavitt Partners, and in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development as the Director of Policy and Strategy of the Utah Health Exchange office. 

Her leadership and expertise in the areas of state health policy, insurance exchanges, and health system reform often draws national attention as she is frequently cited in a number of respected publications including the Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. Cheryl is a highly sought after public speaker and has participated multiple times as a presenter, panelist, and moderator at a number of national conferences including those sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Republican Governors Association (RGA), the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).


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Medicaid Buy-In: Episode#1- Interview with Henry Chao

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Henry Chao
CTO, FEI Systems


Henry Chao is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at FEI Systems. As CTO, Mr. Chao leads FEI’s enterprise architecture activities. He guides solution development for both Federal and State Medicaid initiatives. In addition, he coordinates product alignment with FEI’s State and commercial health care business. Prior to FEI, Mr. Chao was the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services at the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). In these roles, he was a key agency executive driving improvements and optimization of operational systems and effective change management. At CMS he also served as CTO at the Office of Information Services, Deputy Director of the Information Systems Design and Development Group, and more. Mr. Chao also served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Secretary. At CMS and HHS, he assumed leadership roles in planning and executing legislative initiatives to transform health care. He led efforts to leverage modern Agile approaches to establish secure, cloud-based IT infrastructure to support CMS programs, including the Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mr. Chao brings FEI 20 years of experience formulating strategies, leading solution development, and delivering program capabilities for Federal and State health care initiatives. Mr. Chao has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Mary’s College. Recently, Mr. Chao authored the book Success or Failure? The Untold Story of Healthcare.gov.


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