Karen Bacon is the lead designer and developer for real property Asset Verification Services at the Center for Health Care Financing. Since 2010, she has launched four separate initiatives for the Massachusetts Medicaid long-term care program, resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings and recovery. She has extensive knowledge of the regulatory aspects of long-term care under Medicaid auspices, and has forged significant partnerships with eligibility staff at MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Her work spans a wide range of skill areas, from project conception and business design to financial forecasting, application development, and management.
Bacon’s role in the past five years has focused on identifying ongoing, effective strategies to reduce costs and improve the financial and equitable treatment of applicants and recipients in the Massachusetts long term care program. For the nine years prior, she worked as a specialist and supervisor, handling estates, lien and annuity cases directly.
Bacon has been with UMass Medical School for 14 years, and has applied analysis and development skills in several other Medicaid management programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicare Appeals.
She is a licensed Massachusetts attorney since 1998, and practiced briefly in the areas of real estate prior to joining the Center for Health Care Financing in 2004. She holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. At Brandeis University, she earned a bachelor's degree in political science.