Heather Howard is director of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs: the State Health Reform Assistance Network provides technical assistance to states implementing the Affordable Care Act and the State Health and Value Strategies program supports state efforts to enhance the value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services. She is also a lecturer in public affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and teaches courses on the Affordable Care Act and state and local health policy.

Howard brings a wealth of experience in both federal and state government to the State Network and the WWS. She most recently served as the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services, a cabinet level agency with a budget of approximately $3.5 billion. There she was responsible for oversight of public health services, regulation of health care institutions, hospital financing, senior services and health care policy and research. Her prior public policy experience includes work in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, and the Health Care Task Force within the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Justice Department.

Howard received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Recent Posts by Heather Howard

How States Are Addressing Uncertainty With 1332 Waivers

Even with new encouragement from the Trump administration, states that want to develop a reinsurance plan for the 2018 plan year will need to act fast.

State Interest In 1332 Waivers Gaining Steam

In just the past few weeks, there have been interesting new developments on the 1332 waiver front.

New Section 1332 Guidance A Mixed Bag For States

In December, HHS and Treasury released new guidance on how the agencies will evaluate state applications for the ACA’s Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers. For states, it turned out to be a classic example of “be careful what you wish for,” as the the new guidance considerably limits their...

Section 1332 Waiver Activity Heating Up In States (Update: New CMS Hub)

Though King v. Burwell looms, don’t lose sight of other recent state action on the Affordable Care Act front. In particular, interest in Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers continues to heat up.

Section 1332 Waivers And The Future Of State Health Reform

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of several posts stemming from presentations given at “The Law of Medicare and Medicaid at Fifty,” a conference held at Yale Law School on November 6 and 7. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) turbocharges state innovation through a number of...

State-Based Marketplaces: Leveraging Year-One Lessons To Boost Year-Two Enrollment

In three months, consumers will log onto their state’s health insurance marketplace to investigate their options and enroll in a plan. Already, states are hard at work prepping for the second year of open enrollment, which begins November 15. State marketplaces are expected to increase the...

Medicaid Expansion: Time For A Closer Look

Medicaid plays a critical role in protecting the health of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, but it leaves out many people, including poor childless adults. To insure more people and fill these gaps in the program, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand their Medicaid...

December 11, 2012Following the ACA, Medicaid and CHIP