Jessica Foster, MPH
Well versed in Medicare, Medicaid and health care reform, Jessica Foster is an accomplished policy researcher and analyst.
Jessica worked with the California Medicaid agency to implement the recent Medicaid expansion and health insurance Exchange. She conducted an analysis of newly enacted state legislation, developed and edited content for a new streamlined application, gathered stakeholder feedback, and trained staff on changes under health reform. She co-authored a report on the rollout of Covered California for the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare, and has conducted policy analyses on topics such as streamlining Medicaid eligibility systems and bolstering the primary care workforce.
On a national level, Jessica spent several years doing Medicare educational outreach and consumer advocacy for a nonprofit organization, where she developed expertise in Medicare coordination of benefits and issues affecting the dual-eligible population.
While in graduate school, Jessica researched potential antitrust and market power implications associated with formation of Accountable Care Organizations and provided editorial assistance with a Global Handbook on Health Economics and Public Policy, to be published by World Scientific Publishing Company in 2015. She also compiled best practices and challenges in the adoption of patient-centered medical homes under California’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program and helped a major hospital system identify innovations and emerging trends in patient care as part of its strategic planning process.
Jessica received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, diving into a good book, and discovering new scenic running paths.