• Jocelyn A. Guyer

    Manatt Health Solutions
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    Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, M.P.A., Economics and Public Policy, 1996.


    Brown University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1990.

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    Jocelyn Guyer is a director with Manatt Health Solutions (MHS), an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  Ms. Guyer provides policy expertise, strategic advice and technical support to states, foundations, and a broad array of other clients on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.  With over 20 years of experience in health policy, she has particularly deep knowledge of eligibility issues and IT systems and has served as an advisor to organizations such as the National Academy for State Health Policy and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and to major foundations.

    Prior to joining MHS, Ms. Guyer was a founding member and co-executive director of the Center for Children and Families (CCF), a health policy center at Georgetown University, where she provided strategic advice and expertise to national policymakers and advocates on health policy issues and safety net programs.  She managed key elements of CCF's policy work, including its review of federal health reform regulations and its annual 50-state survey on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility rules.  In her capacity as a senior researcher at Georgetown University, Ms. Guyer advised the State of Maryland on the development of its health reform IT system.

    Ms. Guyer was previously an associate director with the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.  In this role she led analyses of emerging issues in healthcare for vulnerable Americans, including the implications of the Part D Medicare drug benefit for impoverished seniors and people with disabilities. 

    Prior to Kaiser, Ms. Guyer was a senior health policy analyst on health and welfare policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Her responsibilities included designing policy initiatives to expand coverage to low-income parents and working with states to implement family-based coverage expansions.   She also served as a legislative research assistant to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

    Throughout her career Ms. Guyer has been a speaker at national convenings of state officials, provider organizations, advocacy groups and foundations.  She also has presented to members of Congress, as well as to state and local officials on issues such as the future of children's coverage, transforming Medicaid, and implementation of federal health reform.


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    Coauthor, “5 Medicaid Trends to Watch in 2014,” LifeHealthPro, March 20, 2014.

    Author, “Establishing Performance Standards for Hospital-Based Presumptive Eligibility: Considerations for State Medicaid Agencies,” the State Health Reform Assistance Network, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014.

    Coauthor, “Fast Track to Coverage: Facilitating Enrollment of Eligible People into the Medicaid Expansion,” The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, November 2013.

    Coauthor, "Performing Under Pressure: Annual Findings of a Fifty State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP," Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 2012.

    Coauthor, "Explaining Health Reform: Benefits and Cost-Sharing for Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries," Kaiser Family Foundation, August 2010.

    Coauthor, "Financing New Medicaid Coverage Under Health Reform: The Role of the Federal Government and States," Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2010.

    Coauthor, "Implementation Choices for the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization of 2009," The Commonwealth Fund, September 2009.

    Author, "Vermont's Global Commitment Waiver: Implications for the Medicaid Program," Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, April 2006.

    Coauthor, "The Deficit Reduction Act: A Review of Key Medicaid Provisions Affecting Children and Families," Center for Children and Families, March 2006.

    Author, "Implications of the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for State Medicaid Budgets," Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 2003.

    Author, "The Role of Medicaid in State Budgets," Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, November 2001.

    Coauthor, "Untangling DSH: A Guide for Community Groups to Using the Medicaid DSH Program to Promote Access to Care," Access Project, 2000.

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    Speaking Engagements