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Catherine Hess

Managing Director for Coverage and Access, National Academy for State Health Policy

Catherine Hess, M.S.W., is Managing Director for Coverage and Access at the National Academy for State Health Policy. She leads programs and conducts policy analysis on topics that include eligibility and enrollment, children’s coverage, health care safety nets, and health care reform. Ms. Hess has over 30 years of senior and executive level state and national health policy experience, including with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as the first executive director of the national Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and as an independent consultant to state and federal health agencies and national organizations. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at both Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities' schools of public health, and has a master of social work from Boston University.