Dr. Sara McMenamin is the principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project that aims to determine the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in expanding coverage and access to tobacco dependence treatment for Medicaid enrollees.
Dr. McMenamin is Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy in the Univeristy of California, San Diego's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Her research focuses on health insurance coverage for tobacco dependence treatments and other preventive health services, looking in particular at treating tobacco dependence through health insurance coverage both in the private and public insurance markets. Dr. McMenamin’s research also examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act on treating tobacco use and dependence in Medicaid programs.
For the past 10 years, Dr. McMenamin has served as a Faculty Task Force member for the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP). This UC-wide effort administered by the University of California Office of the President provides analyses of health insurance-related legislation to the California state legislature. Dr. McMenamin is the current team lead for the CHBRP analyses conducted at UC San Diego.
Additional Professional Roles
Dr. McMenamin received her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her master's in 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.