Bass Connections: NC Medicaid Reform

Duke-Margolis has applied for and received funding for a Duke University Bass Connections course focused on North Carolina Medicaid Reform.

The Bass Connections Medicaid Reform Advisory Team combined Duke’s expertise in public policy, law, medicine and business to craft a Medicaid reform proposal designed to fit the constraints and demands of North Carolina politics, especially in light of the revised political landscape resulting from the 2016 elections.

Team members investigated the political and legal procedures involved in Medicaid reform as well as potential health coverage models and business opportunities to meet the needs of North Carolina’s Medicaid beneficiaries. The team partnered with representatives from advocacy organizations (such as the N.C. Justice Center, National Health Law Program, Cone Health Foundation and N.C. Community Health Center Association), the Duke Office of Government Relations, health care providers (at Duke, Community Care of North Carolina and elsewhere) and community health institutions (e.g., Lincoln Community Health Center) to ensure that the concerns of a broad range of stakeholders are addressed in the policy proposal. Likewise, team members met with state Republican legislators, including chairs of the relevant committees (and/or their staff), to determine the political constraints imposed by the legislature, which may be largely unchanged after the November 2016 elections.

Faculty/Staff Team Members

  • Barak D. Richman, JD, PhD, Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, Duke University*
  • Allison Rice, JD, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Health Justice Clinic at Duke Law School*
  • Donald Taylor, PhD, MPP, Professor in the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy*
  • Susan Kline, MS, Chief Administrator and Vice Chair, Administration & Finance, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine and Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC
  • Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT, Associate Professor in Duke University School of Nursing
  • Hilary Campbell, PharmD, JD, Research Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Amanda McMillan, MPH, MA, Education Project Manager, Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Student Team Members

Graduate students

  • Deanna Befus, Duke School of Nursing, PhD ‘17
  • Patrick O’Shea, UNC School of Medicine/Duke Fuqua School of Business, MD/MBA '17
  • Shanna Rifkin, Duke Law School, JD ‘17
  • Trey Sinyard, Duke School of Medicine/Duke Fuqua School of Business, MD/MBA '17
  • Madhulika Vulimiri, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP ‘18

Undergraduate students

  • Brooke Bekoff, UNC Political Science, BA '19
  • Haley Hedrick, Duke Psychology, BS ‘19
  • Riley Hermann, Duke Public Policy, BA '17
  • Sonia Hernandez, Duke Economics, BS '19
  • Kushal Kadakia, Duke Biology and Public Policy, BS ‘19
  • Jackie Lin, Duke Biology, BS '18
  • Graeme Peterson, Duke Public Policy, BA ‘17
  • Shivani Shah, Duke Biology and Public Policy, BS ‘18
  • Brandon Yan, Duke Public Policy, BA '18
  • Leah Yao, Duke Psychology, BS ‘19
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