• Melinda J. Dutton

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    Columbia Law School, J.D., James Kent Scholar, 1992.


    Kansas State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1988.

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    Melinda Dutton serves as a partner within the healthcare division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and also plays a leadership role within Manatt Health, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice within the firm. Ms. Dutton’s practice concentrates on advising clients in the healthcare industry with respect to regulatory, public policy and business matters.

    Ms. Dutton has extensive experience working with public health insurance programs and the healthcare safety net, and represents a broad array of healthcare clients in navigating the legal, regulatory and political challenges of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, CHIP and other public programs. Ms. Dutton advises foundations, state governments and provider groups on the implications of federal health reform. She has provided counsel to state health reform implementation engagements in multiple states, including North Carolina, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, California and Missouri. Ms. Dutton serves as an advisor to the RWJ State Health Reform Assistance Network where she provides technical assistance to ten states on issues related to Medicaid and Exchange implementation. She is also Project Director for the CMS Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaborative and co-leads the Expanding Coverage and Basic Health Plan Learning Collaboratives. Ms. Dutton also serves as an advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropies Children and Youth Programme, where she provides strategic and operational support to the KidsWell Campaign. In addition, Ms. Dutton directs Manatt’s multidisciplinary team of consultants conducting state tracking of health reform implementation efforts.

    Ms. Dutton has been engaged in a wide variety of projects involving use of health information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare. She has supported statewide, multi-stakeholder health information exchange planning efforts in several states. She served as an adviser to New York State on the Health Information Privacy and Security Collaboration, where she identified laws, policies and business practices that support the private and secure exchange of health information, and has assisted states in developing strategic and operational plans to support both statewide health information exchange and implementation of Medicaid incentives under HITECH.

    Prior to joining Manatt Ms. Dutton served for nine years at the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, where she helped develop and secure passage of legislation expanding publicly funded health insurance programs for children. Ms. Dutton started her legal career at South Brooklyn Legal Services, where she helped establish a health law practice serving low-income populations.

    Ms. Dutton has served as a guest lecturer for numerous health law and policy courses at colleges and universities, including New York University School of Law, Columbia Law School and New York Medical College, and she has served as a practitioner-in-residence at Saint Louis University School of Law, the top-ranked healthcare law program in the country.

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    Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2013

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 and 2014-2016.


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

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

    Coauthor, "Medicaid Managed Care for Children in Foster Care," Medicaid Institute at the United Hospital Fund, February 2013.

    Coauthor, “The Role of the Basic Health Program in the Coverage Continuum: Opportunities, Risks, and Considerations for States," The Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2012.

    Coauthor, "Study of Navigator Program and Consumer Assistance," Commissioned by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, in conjunction with the Navigator and Enrollment Advisory Committee, November 2011.

    Coauthor, "Medicaid Supplemental Payments: Where Do They Fit in Payment Reform?" Center for Health Care Strategies, August 2011.

    Coauthor, "HHS Proposed Rules on Exchange Implementation Requirements," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Health Reform Assistance Network, August 2011.

    Coauthor, "Medicaid's Role in the Health Benefits Exchange: A Road Map for States," National Academy for State Health Policy, March 2011

    Coauthor, “Implementing National Health Reform in California: Opportunities for Improved Access to Care,” California HealthCare Foundation, March 2011.

    Coauthor, “‘Revisioning’ Medicaid as Part of New York’s Coverage Continuum,” Medicaid Institute at the United Hospital Fund, January 2011.

    Coauthor, “Implementing Federal Health Care Reform: A Roadmap for New York State,” NYS Health Foundation, August 2010.

    Coauthor, "Implementing National Health Reform in California: Changes to Public and Private Insurance," California Healthcare Foundation, June 2010.

    Coauthor, “Streamlining New York’s Medicaid Excess Income Program,” NYS Health Foundation, May 2009.

    Coauthor, “Automated Renewal: Strategies to Maintain Coverage of Eligible Children in Medicaid and Child Health Plus,” United Hospital Fund, December 2008.

    Coauthor, “Streamlining Renewal in Medicaid and SCHIP: Strategies from Other States and Lessons for New York,” United Hospital Fund, May 2008.

    Coauthor, “Whose Data is it Anyway? Expanding Consumer Control Over Personal Health Information,” California HealthCare Foundation Issue Brief, February 2008, available here.

    Coauthor, “Supporting Health-Center IT Investments Through Medicare and Medicaid,” Health Affairs Blog, December 5, 2007, available here.

    Coauthor, “Filling the Gaps: Medicaid, EPIC and ADAP and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit in New York,” United Hospital Fund, December 2006.

    Coauthor, “Citizen Documentation Requirements in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: Lessons from New York,” Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, June 2006.

    Coauthor, “Health Information Exchange Projects: What Hospitals and Health Systems Need to Know,” American Hospital Association, April 2006.

    Coauthor, "Strategic Approaches to Medicaid, Winning Legal Strategies in Health Care: Leading Lawyers on Industry Regulations & Creating Legal Game Plans," Aspatore Books, September 2005.

    Coauthor, "Bring Our Children Home: Improving Access To Home Nursing Services For Medically Fragile Children," Coalition For Medically Fragile Children, March 2005.

    Coauthor, “Costs of Enrolling Children in Medicaid and SCHIP,” Health Affairs Vol. 23, No. 1, January – February 2004.

    Coauthor, “New York State Facilitated Enrollment Training Manual: Growing Up Healthy,” New York State Department of Health with the Children’s Defense Fund, the Health Plan Association and Statewide Youth Advocacy, 2000.

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    Admitted to practice in New York.

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