Robert Seifert leads the team of Health Law & Policy experts at Commonwealth Medicine. They focus on analyzing and interpreting state and national health care reform trends and activities and developing and improving public programs in partnership with Medicaid and other health care agencies in Massachusetts and elsewhere. His professional experience has centered on coverage, access, and equity issues for people underserved by the health care system – those uninsured and underinsured, and those eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.
Seifert joined Commonwealth Medicine from the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, where he served as executive director. Before that, he was policy director at The Access Project, a non-profit that helped community organizations advocate for improved access to health care services. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission, later called the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. Seifert also has federal and municipal government experience – at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the New York City Human Resources Administration.
Seifert is the author or co-author of many articles, issue briefs, and technical reports on topics including Medicaid waivers, medical debt, health care system reform, and the Affordable Care Act. He has also been an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he taught health care policy.
Seifert holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.