Medicaid Industry Who’s Who Series: Kelli Todd, MPH

Medicaid Who’s Who: Kelli Todd, MPH – Program Manager for Iowa Managed Care Ombudsman Program

Kelli Todd is presenting a CASE STUDY: Transitioning Medicaid LTSS to Managed Care: Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned during the Medicaid Managed Care Congress in Baltimore, MD, May 22 – 24.


  1.  What is your current role and in what sector of the industry?

   A: Program Manager for the Iowa Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman Program in the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

  2.  How many years have you been in the Medicaid industry?

 A. 4 years in Medicaid, 8 years in public policymaking and research.

  3.  What is your focus/passion? (Industry related or not)

   A:  Improving the health of the public.

  4.  What is the top item on your “bucket list?”

   A: To live a life of travel

  5.  What do you enjoy doing most with your personal time?

   A:  Reading, running, spending time with friends and family, and traveling

  6.  Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

    A. Not historical, but a couple of authors I enjoy reading are Jared Diamond, Atul Gawande, and Doris Kearns Goodwin

  7.  What is your favorite junk food?

   A:  Chips!

  8.  Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

   A:  White House Fellowship candidate and mentoring

  9.  What are the top 1-3 issues that you think will be important in Medicaid during the next 6 months? 


1. Risk algorithms and improved risk pooling for payment for long-term services and supports

2. Acknowledging the influence of and adequately addressing social determinants of health

3. Engaging of and improving outreach to Medicaid members