Jean C. Sullivan, J.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Commonwealth Medicine
Director, Center for Health Law and Economics
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jean C. Sullivan joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2002 and has more than 25 years of health law, policy, and executive experience in public sector programming, financing, and administration. Her award-winning contributions to each of Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform initiatives over the last two decades have made her one of the leading experts in Medicaid demonstration projects and program reform. She has extensive experience managing relations with federal oversight agencies, and designing new legal and financing models for coverage and health access. In addition to serving as Associate Vice Chancellor at Commonwealth Medicine, the health policy and program services division of UMass Medical School, she is the founding Director of the Center for Health Law and Economics.
Prior to coming to UMass Medical School, Ms. Sullivan served with the Massachusetts Medicaid agency (MassHealth) for 18 years, including more than 12 years as its General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner. In these positions, she directed all legal affairs, state legislative matters, intergovernmental relations, new program development, and federal financial oversight matters. From 1995–2002, as a key drafter and negotiator for the commonwealth, Ms. Sullivan helped secure federal approvals and renewals of the state’s Title XIX Medicaid demonstration project expansions and reform initiatives. During her tenure, the state’s MassHealth program innovations drew national acclaim for their creative approach to broad-based health coverage expansions for low-income, disabled, and elderly populations. She has particular expertise in financing and structuring programs for the uninsured and safety net hospitals.
From 2003–2005, Ms. Sullivan advised the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the design of the state’s most recent health reform model for achieving near-universal coverage, a plan that was launched in 2006. Ms. Sullivan is a four-time recipient of the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, Massachusetts’ highest level performance recognition award. She is widely consulted by legislative leaders, policy researchers, state agency officials, health advocacy organizations, board directors, and health care provider executives for her expertise in federal and state Medicaid laws, disability benefits, and all aspects of Medicaid federal financial participation (FFP) rules and policies.
Ms. Sullivan received a law degree from Boston University School of Law and earned a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology at Mt. Holyoke College.