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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 18, 2019

Managing Director,
Manatt Health Strategies

A former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure provides policy analysis and strategic advice to healthcare stakeholders across the private and public sectors. Her practice focuses on helping clients understand the implications of regulatory and legislative policies across private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

Chiquita has more than 15 years of experience in health policy. As deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and earlier at the Department of Health & Human Services as director of coverage policy, she led the agency’s implementation of ACA coverage and insurance reform policy provisions.

Earlier in her career, Chiquita assisted House leaders in passing several healthcare laws, including the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 and the ACA, as part of the Democratic staff for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee.

She began her career as a program examiner and lead Medicaid analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, coordinating Medicaid policy development for the health financing branch. Her role included evaluating policy options and briefing White House and federal agency officials on policy recommendations with regard to the uninsured, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.