James Verdier

James Verdier

Senior Fellow
Areas of Expertise
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • State health policy
Topics
  • Health
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Behavioral Health
About James

James Verdier's work focuses on Medicaid, state health policy, and Medicare.

He is an expert in issues related to “dual eligibles’’—individuals who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid—and is directing a project for the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office that provides technical assistance to states developing and improving programs to provide better and more integrated care and services for these individuals.

Verdier was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from 1998-2016, where he co-taught courses on Medicaid and state health policy. He was the Indiana state Medicaid director from 1991 to 1997, and deputy director of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget from 1989 to 1990. He taught public management and policy analysis at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard from 1983 to 1989.

A frequent presenter at policymaker and practitioners conferences, Verdier has also published his work in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Psychiatric Services, and others. He headed the Congressional Budget Office's Tax Analysis Division from 1979 to 1983 and served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1975. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Key Projects
  • Using Data to Inform Medicaid Behavioral Health Policies and Services

    Mathematica conducted research, surveys, data collection, and analysis to offer insights and information about current trends in Medicaid-funded behavioral health services. We conducted a survey of Medicaid officials on state administration of mental health services and compared multiple national data...