Kate oversees the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), which seeks to promote a broad understanding of the Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth) through its policy research and analysis. She also directs the Foundation's Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), which has been conducted nearly annually since 2006 and tracks trends in access and affordability of health care and health insurance.
Prior to joining MMPI, Kate served as assistant commissioner for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, where she led the agency's work monitoring the impact of the state's health reform law and analyzing health care cost trends in the Commonwealth. Prior to her role at the Division, Kate was director of policy and research at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation where she developed the Foundation's research agenda to assess the impact of health reform.
Kate also spent 12 years in leadership positions with MassHealth in roles ranging from directing the MassHealth managed care program to designing the Senior Care Options program for seniors dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
In 2016, Kate was honored with the Boston Center for Independent Living's Marie Feltin Award for her work advancing innovative Medicaid policy and programs in Massachusetts. She holds a master's degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.