Rachel Garfield, PhD

Senior Researcher
Kaiser Family Foundation

Rachel Garfield, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher and Associate Director at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the largest operating program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.  At the Foundation, Dr. Garfield is responsible for directing analytic work on the impact of health reform on coverage and access to care.  Her work also focuses on the role of Medicaid in providing insurance coverage to the low-income population, mental health coverage under public programs, and public financing for health programs for the low-income.  Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Garfield was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where her research and teaching focused on state health financing/policy and the politics of health policy in the United States.  She has also held positions as a policy analyst in Medicaid/CHIP policy and research consultant for hospital operations and management.  Dr. Garfield received her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and holds an M.H.S. in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.