Michelle Rogers has 14 years of experience in long-term services and supports (LTSS) with a specific focus on policy and administration for home and community-based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities. Michelle helps community-based providers leverage partnerships and maximize limited funding. She assists in implementing new policy into existing programs, increases access to services, and improves administrative processes for public programs. At HMA, Michelle works to increase access to services for older adults and persons with disabilities.
Michelle joined HMA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living (ACL). She worked with states and tribal nations to achieve supportive services for elders, including meals, in home services, transportation, chronic health management, legal services, and elder justice. She worked on key projects focused on health prevention for older adults, including healthy eating, active living, and oral health. She facilitated a workshop and helped create a guide to assist tribal elder programs in accessing Medicaid LTSS.
Additionally, Michelle served with other HHS partners as ACL advisor with to the opioid epidemic workgroup, HIV/AIDS national strategy, oral and behavioral health committees, healthy senior housing, and transportation initiatives.
At Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), Michelle implemented and enhanced Medicaid long-term care programs for Children with Autism and Consumer Directed Services and Supports (CDASS). She undertook a year-long rule revision to the CDASS program and a new fiscal management system contract. The rule revision included fiscal limits, clear assessment processes, provider accountability, and increased flexibility for clients.
Michelle helped launch the Children with Autism Waiver by creating user-friendly rules, a reasonable rate structure, and enrolling behavioral therapy providers. Under her oversight, the program went from 13 children receiving services to the maximum of 75 with a wait list. She was appointed to the Governor’s Autism Commission in 2008 to assist with the creation of a 10-year plan for persons with autism in Colorado.
Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in physiology and biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband, Mitchell, and amazing kids, Lyla and Lincoln. You will find her traveling, diving, camping, running, or watching her favorite Colorado teams (the Buffs, the Broncos, and the Rockies).