Joan Alker is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Children and Families (CCF), and a Research Professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a leading national expert on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and is the lead author of an annual report on children’s health care coverage trends. Alker has authored numerous reports on a wide range of issues including Medicaid Section 1115 waivers, the role of Medicaid in rural areas and premium assistance. She was also the principal investigator of a multi-year study on Florida's Medicaid program.
A frequent speaker and commentator, Alker has been quoted in major media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, Politico, Washington Post, and Kaiser Health News. She holds a Master of Philosophy in politics from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from Bryn Mawr College.
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