Health Policy Analyst/Senior Health Policy Analyst

19 Aug, 2020


Health Policy Analyst/Senior Health Policy Analyst

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, DC

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a highly respected national policy institute, is seeking a health policy analyst to support the Center’s work promoting federal and state policies to help eligible people enroll and stay enrolled in Medicaid. By influencing the policy, operations, and technology that form the Medicaid eligibility and enrollment process, the Center promotes an efficient, accurate, and dignified process for low-income families seeking health care.

The Center’s Health Policy Division undertakes extensive work at both the state and federal levels to strengthen health coverage among low-income populations. Our work includes analyzing proposed changes in government policies and operations, promoting effective approaches to covering low-income families and individuals, providing technical assistance to federal and state policymakers, conducting research on the implications of health policy choices, and working with other federal and state nonprofits on these issues. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers.


  • Provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to state policymakers and advocacy organizations to identify obstacles to Medicaid enrollment and develop and advance recommendations to maximize enrollment of eligible people.
  • Assess Medicaid eligibility pathways to identify barriers to coverage and best practices to facilitate enrollment.
  • Help plan and organize webinars, discussions, and other learning opportunities for state advocates to improve their capacity to work on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment issues.
  • Conduct policy research on federal and state legislation, regulations, and policies.
  • Author and contribute to materials on policy and operational issues, blog posts, guidance documents, memos, and policy papers.
  • Consult with application assisters, state eligibility staff, policy experts, academics, and practitioners to inform the team’s policy priorities and advance its policy goals.
  • The position may offer opportunities for public speaking and interactions with the press.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Policy Analyst: At least four years of experience working in program administration or health policy. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Senior Policy Analyst: At least seven years of experience working in program administration or health policy. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Understanding of barriers low-income people face when applying for public benefits.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid eligibility policy.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to different audiences.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to a range of audiences (including policymakers, advocates, and the media) and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and ability to stay on track and meet deadlines for multiple assignments.
  • Ability to undertake some travel.
  • Desire to develop or deepen your understanding of federal health policy and racial equity, particularly institutional and structural racism, and their impact on racial and economic disparities.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low-income people and advance equity, including by reducing racial and economic health disparities.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Experience helping people apply for healthcare coverage, working closely with or for a state Medicaid agency, or working for a human service agency strongly preferred.
  • Experience working for or with advocates, legislatures, or government entities.
  • Strong analytic skills, including experience using Excel and analyzing data.
  • Knowledge of eligibility and enrollment technology, such as experience procuring or working with vendors, technical knowledge of systems processes and interactions, or product development experience.
  • Experience with other human service programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

This position reports to the Director of Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.


Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.

Job posted: 2020-08-19