• Kinda Serafi

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    State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1999.
    Publications Editor, Buffalo Law Review.

    Recipient of Dale S. Marguiles Award for contributing the most to the law school and community.


    Georgetown University, B.A., English, cum laude, 1996.

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    New York
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    Ms. Serafi has extensive experience implementing the coverage continuum under federal health care reform and represents a broad array of healthcare clients, including state governments, foundations, providers, and IT vendors, in navigating the legal, policy and operational challenges of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplace and payment and delivery reform. Ms. Serafi provides strategic counsel, policy analysis and research support to multiple states, including Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Missouri, Montana and Washington. Ms. Serafi serves as an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson State Health Reform Assistance Network, where she provides technical assistance to ten states on issues related to Medicaid and Marketplace implementation. She also serves as a Medicaid eligibility and enrollment subject matter expert for the CMS Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaborative. Ms. Serafi served as an advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropies Children and Youth Programme, where she provided strategic and operational support to the KidsWell Campaign and oversaw a team of consultants conducting state and federal tracking of health care reform implementation efforts.

    Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Serafi served as the director of policy of the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, where she conducted policy analysis, managed key projects, and provided advocacy on behalf of low-income children and families living in New York. Specifically, her work focused on developing strategies to secure the passage of legislation to simplify public health insurance program rules, expand eligibility levels, and on building consensus among key advocates and state-elected officials on these significant issues. Ms. Serafi also worked for two years as the director of legal advocacy and organizing at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, where she launched and supervised a multidisciplinary civil legal services department. Prior to these positions, Ms. Serafi was a law guardian at the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, where she represented abused and neglected children in all aspects of Bronx Family Court litigation, including child welfare, custody, visitation, and adoption proceedings. She also served as the deputy director of programs and policy for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards


    Coauthor, “Helping Consumers Enroll in Coverage: A State-by-State Analysis of Consumer Assistance Organizations and Funding,” KidsWellCampaign.org, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, January 2014.

    Coauthor, “To Expand or Not to Expand: An Analysis of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions Across the Country,” KidsWellCampaign.org, Atlantic Philanthropies, December 2013.

    Coauthor, “Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act,” BNA’s Health Law and Business Series, December 2013.

    Coauthor, “State Based Health Insurance Exchange Individual Eligibility Business Requirements Template,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, August 2012.

    Coauthor, "Reasonable Compatibility Straw Models: Federal Requirements and State Options for Constructing a State's Financial Reasonable Compatibility Standard," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, August 2012. 

    Coauthor, "Federal Requirements and State Flexibilities for Verifying Eligibility Criteria," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, February 2012.

    Coauthor, “Community Voices: Perspectives on Public Health Insurance from Two New York City Neighborhoods,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, August 2009.

    Author, “Review of New York State Public Health Insurance Policy Changes and Enrollment in 2008,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, February 2009.

    Author, “Simplifying New York’s Public Health Insurance Programs: Making it Easier for Families to Connect to Coverage,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, January 2008.

    Author, “Issue Brief: Public Health Insurance Policies That Influenced Child and Adult Enrollment in 2006,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, December 2007.

    Coauthor, “Coordinating New York’s Medicaid and Food Stamp Programs: Making it Easier for Families to Access the Benefits They Need,” Children’s Defense Fund – New York, December 2006.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in the state of New York.

    Board Member, Community Food Advocates, 2010-present.

    Past Member, Committee on Family Court and Family Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2007-2009.

    Speaking Engagements