Medicaid Cost Containment

2012 National Conference

CSG Health Policy Task Force
Balancing Costs, Benefits of Medicaid Programs
December 1, 2012

The recent Supreme Court decision on health care reform squarely placed the decision on expanding Medicaid eligibility in the hands of the states. Policymakers are grappling with a myriad of arguments on both sides—and struggling to balance what their states can afford and what their uninsured state residents need. State leaders who have studied the question and arrived at different answers shared their analyses. Dr. Joseph Thompson, Arkansas’ surgeon general, also reviewed his state’s progress in implementing the nation’s first statewide Medicaid payment reform initiative. Other speakers addressed significant reform efforts to control Medicaid costs in their states.

Presentation by April Alexander, Regional Director,
State Affairs, Molina Healthcare

"Medicaid Cost Containment"


April Alexander, Regional Director, State Affairs, Molina Healthcare
April Alexander serves as Regional Director of State Affairs at Molina Healthcare in Sacramento, California, where she manages the legislative affairs for the western region Molina states.  In this role, she works with the Washington, California, Utah and New Mexico Molina health plans to develop and implement legislative, regulatory and political strategy.  

Before Molina, she served as the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the California Association of Health Plans,  where she was responsible for regulatory advocacy on behalf of the health plans that participate in California’s state health programs and for providing legal and policy support on a variety of Medicaid and CHIP legislative issues.  Before entering the private sector, she served as licensing counsel at the California Department of Managed Health Care. 

April holds a J.D. from University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cal State, Chico.