A former Illinois Medicaid administrator, Matt Powers provides expert consultation on a variety of Medicaid policy and financing projects.
Matt helped develop an 1115 Waiver for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System that provided early coverage for individuals who would otherwise not be eligible until 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Matt currently works on a variety of projects to help providers, foundations and others implement policies that strike an appropriate balance between controlling costs and maintaining patient access.
As administrator of medical programs for the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Matt led the $8 billion division, which provided healthcare for 1.7 million Illinois residents. During his tenure, Illinois obtained the nation’s first “Pharmacy Plus” Medicaid waiver and substantially increased enrollments in Medicaid and in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Immediately prior to joining HMA, Matt headed a healthcare consulting practice with a special focus on Medicaid, Medicare and the uninsured. He was a frequent conference presenter and provided technical assistance and training to numerous healthcare providers, advocates and government agencies.
Matt has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
His liveliest job and best preparation for his current work was de-tassling corn several decades ago.