Georgetown CCF’s Tricia Brooks Appointed to MACPAC

We at Georgetown CCF are so thrilled to announce that today the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) appointed Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Senior Fellow Tricia Brooks to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 established MACPAC to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. The Act directs the Comptroller General to appoint MACPAC’s members. MACPAC routinely provides updates to Congress on a range of Medicaid and CHIP issues, and issues “MACSTATS” and a variety of other important materials.

Tricia has been with the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families since 2008. Among many other things that Tricia does, she leads CCF’s work with state partners working to advance child and family coverage around the country and is the lead author of an annual 50 state survey on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment policies with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Prior to joining CCF, Tricia served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of New Hampshire Healthy Kids, a legislatively-created, non-profit corporation that administered the state’s CHIP program and served as the Medicaid and CHIP consumer assistance hub.

Tricia is well known to readers of SayAhhh! and our many partners around the country through her prolific blogging and extensive technical assistance. Her colleagues routinely marvel at how much Tricia gets done. Don’t worry folks, she is keeping her day job!

Most importantly, Tricia’s appointment will ensure that children and families have an expert, compassionate, hardworking voice on their side in any MACPAC discussions.

Joan Alker is the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families and a Research Professor at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy.