Rebecca Kushner, M.A., M.P.A.
Senior Research Policy Analyst
Rebecca Kushner joined the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School in 2013. She conducts health policy research, writing, and analyses for governmental agencies in various states. Ms. Kushner's health policy work at the Center for Health Law and Economics focuses on modeling, analyzing, and writing about health insurance and health care payment reform efforts being undertaken in New England states.
Ms. Kushner has nine years of experience in public policy, including analyzing client-level claims data and cleaning up complex data sets, writing synopses, and providing technical expertise. From 2008-2013, Ms. Kushner was the TANF/TAFDC (welfare) Budget Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), where she performed analyses of the cost impact of proposed regulation changes to the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program. She also created a database to capture and analyze vendor payment data for DTA's vocational training program and evaluate vendor performance. She also worked for non-profit organizations, providing writing and research services, and developed an expertise in explaining technical information to lay audiences. She worked as a grant writer for the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, where she wrote federal grant proposals for $1M+ in funding. She began her career as an English and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the high school level.
Ms. Kushner has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons College, and a bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Maryland.