As Strategic Policy Director, Michael Miller focuses on developing Community Catalyst’s overarching federal and state policy agenda and issue campaign strategy. Michael also provides policy and strategy support to state-based consumer health advocacy groups, federal and state policy makers and funders. Over the course of his career, Michael has developed across a broad range of health policy topics including coverage, cost containment and delivery system reform.
At Community Catalyst, Michael led the organization’s policy and campaign strategy that resulted in the passage of the Affordable Care and was particularly instrumental in strengthening the affordability and consumer support provisions of the law. He also served as the point person at Community Catalyst for organizing efforts to defend the law when it came under threat of repeal.
Michael led a a multi-organization, multi-funder process to develop a plan for ACA implementation that resulted in the subsequent launch of the Community Catalyst’s Health Justice Fund, a unique collaborative funding effort between Community Catalyst and a network of national and state foundations and individual donors to provide financial support to state advocates navigating the law’s enactment.
Prior to joining Community Catalyst, Michael was the policy director for Health Care for All. As a founding staff member at HCFA, he led the organization’s successful efforts to expand coverage for children, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed. He also worked for the City of Boston Elderly Commission as a Policy Analyst and for the Alzheimer’s Association of eastern Massachusetts as Director of the Community Partnership Project.
Michael has offered his expertise as a participant in a study for the National Academy of Social Insurance panel on Long-Term Services and Supports, and as a Fellow at UMass Boston Gerontology Institute. He has also addressed the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine. He has lectured or served as adjunct faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Bost University School of Public Health, Suffolk University Law School, Springfield College and University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute.
Michael’s writing has appeared Health Affairs and the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, and he has been quoted as an expert source by CBS News, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, Modern Health Care, US News and NBC News, among others.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master's degree in public policy from Tufts University.