Barbara Smith is the co-principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project that will conduct surveys to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the provider network monitoring activities of state departments of insurance, Medicaid agencies, marketplace plans, and Medicaid plans.
Barbara is a Principal at Health Management Associates, a health care consulting firm. She is a noted expert on health insurance coverage and coverage expansion, financing, delivery system reforms, and the impact of health reform on government budgets, institutions, and programs.
Other Professional Roles
Prior to joining HMA, Barbara was the founding director of the CO-OP Program Division at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services. She previously served as policy coordinator for Exchanges and as a senior advisor in the Office of Health Reform during the Congressional debate leading to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
In her capacity as a consultant prior to her government service, Barbara worked with Health Management Associates, the Economic and Social Research Institute, and the Institute of Medicine. While a senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine, she analyzed quality initiatives in federal health programs.
During Barbara’s time as senior research scientist at George Washington University School of Public Health, she conducted research and analysis on Medicaid managed care implementation and the effects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 on Medicare. During the health care reform debates of 1993-94, she was a senior health policy aide in Congress to Representative Jim McDermott who served on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.
Barbara is the author of numerous articles and published studies on health reform and the effects of policy changes on government health programs and access to care. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University Law School studying in a joint curriculum with the Harvard School of Public Health.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.