Robert W. Seifert, M.P.A.
Robert Seifert joined the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School in 2007. During his time at CHLE, he has done work analyzing state and national health care reform, writing about MassHealth - Massachusetts' Medicaid program - and assisting the Commonwealth in efforts to improve the delivery and financing of services to people with complex health care needs, including those needing long-term services and supports and those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In addition to the Commonwealth, his clients have included other states, nonprofit organizations and foundations. As in his 20-plus years of prior health policy experience, Mr. Seifert remains dedicated to promoting a broader understanding of health policy issues, rigorous and thoughtful discussion to address these issues, and greater inclusiveness in these discussions in the public arena.
Previously, Mr. Seifert was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), an independent source of timely research and information aimed at state policy makers and others interested in the state’s Medicaid program. Through his role at MMPI, Mr. Seifert also served as a member of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council and the MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. Prior to working for MMPI, he was Policy Director of The Access Project. Earlier in his career, Mr. Seifert spent seven years at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission, later called the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. He has additional government experience at the federal and municipal levels, having worked at both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the New York City Human Resources Administration.
Mr. Seifert holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University.