With more than 30 years of experience in federal and state health policy, Cindy Mann works with clients to develop and implement strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and delivery and payment system transformation. Her clients include states, providers, plans, consumer organizations and foundations. She serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Future of Health Care initiative.


Before joining Manatt, Cindy was with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. There, she served as deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Cindy led the administration of Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Program for more than five years during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She set federal policy, supported state program operations, and coordinated policy and program operations with the Marketplace.


Cindy also developed and executed national policies and initiatives regarding long-term services and supports, as well as broader delivery system and payment system reform. Prior to her appointment at CMS, Cindy was a research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. There, she was the founder and director of the Center for Children and Families, focusing on health coverage, financing and access issues affecting low-income populations.


Previously, Cindy was a senior advisor at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She also was director of the Family and Children’s Health Program group at the Health Care Financing Administration, now CMS.


Cindy joined the HCFA from the Center on Budget and Public Policy, where she directed the center’s federal and state health policy work. Previously, she worked on these issues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.


Recent Posts by Cindy Mann

Finding Common Ground On Medicaid Reform For Dual Eligibles

Bipartisan agreement on Medicaid is rarely achieved. There is consensus, however, on the need and the opportunity to contain spending growth and improve care delivery for the nearly 11 million Medicare beneficiaries who are also eligible for Medicaid.

SCHIP: The Administration’s New Directive

Many of Washington policymakers and health policy experts are returning from August vacations to find that the month was not as quiet as expected. On Friday evening, August 17th, the Administration issued a major new directive on children’s health coverage that effectively eliminates SCHIP for...

September 7, 2007Insurance and Coverage