Senior Fellow, Medicaid

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

CBPP is seeking to hire a Senior Fellow who has substantial knowledge of and experience with Medicaid to work as part of the Center’s health policy division. The health team works at both the federal and state level to strengthen health coverage for low- and moderate-income people, promote health equity through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, and tax policy, and secure adequate, sustainable, and progressive financing mechanisms for public health care expenditures.


  • Serve as a nationally recognized, trusted resource on the Medicaid program, sharing knowledge and analysis and providing technical assistance both within the organization and to external partners and audiences, including congressional staff, state and federal government officials, national and state advocates, the news media, researchers, and others.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders, including government officials, health advocacy and equity-focused organizations, and other experts in Medicaid and health equity to advance the Center’s policy and implementation goals.
  • Analyze and influence the implementation of Medicaid policy proposals, such as state waiver proposals and federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals advanced by policymakers, researchers, national and state partners, and others, and craft policies and strategies to improve and protect health coverage for enrollees and further expand affordable coverage and access to care for people who are uninsured or who have low incomes.
  • Advance policies that promote health equity and racial justice and center the lives of people with lived experience of racism and discrimination, poverty, and low-paid work.
  • Collaborate closely with other staff in the health policy division and in other Center departments.


The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in Medicaid and health policy issues for people with low incomes and a successful track record of working to affect health policy outcomes at the federal or state level. This individual will bring a mix of the following skills and experiences:

  • At least 15 years of experience working on policy or advocacy issues, with at least 10 years of experience related to the Medicaid program. (This may include graduate studies.)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage relationships with policymakers, government officials, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • A collaborative style; someone who shares work, knowledge, and credit with their colleagues.
  • Excellent ability to communicate CBPP’s policies and messages, in writing and orally, to policymakers and members of the media.
  • Experience and interest in program implementation at the federal or state level.
  • Profound understanding of the role that inequity and discrimination play in health policy, and a commitment to advancing equity in the Center’s health policy work.
  • Extensive experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about opportunities to affect policy decisions and implementation, develop thoughtful work plans in collaboration with others, and balance competing priorities and interests.
  • Exceptional ability to respond to multiple demands in a complex, fast-paced, and rapidly changing policy environment.

While we are currently operating virtually during the pandemic, we are developing policies to support a return to in-office work that may include both telework and in-person work. This position will be subject to those policies.

This position reports to the Vice President for Health Policy.
Terms of Employment: Full-time
Bargaining Unit Status: This is not a bargaining unit position.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.


Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.