Reducing Health Care Costs: Challenges and Opportunities for States
Vernon Smith is a Principal with Health Management Associates, where he focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP, state budgets and trends in the health care market place. He has authored several reports on enrollment, spending and policy trends in Medicaid and SCHIP, on the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and on state directions to address the uninsured. Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker before national and state policymakers and commentator to major media, including the New York Times and National Public Radio. Before joining HMA, Dr. Smith served as Michigan Medicaid director and as budget director for the human services agency during 30 years of public service. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Michigan State University.