Access to Health Care After the Pandemic Emergency

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
March 1, 2023 - 12:00 pm CST
- 1:00 pm
Join Cindy Mann, Partner at Manatt, Matt Freeman, Executive Director at Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators, Lucas Nesse, president and CEO of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, and Professor Larry Jacobs for a conversation on what access to health care looks like after COVID-19.

Washington responded to the Coronavirus pandemic by declaring a public health emergency that unleashed new funds and mandates to expand access to health insurance and medical care. The emergency is now ending as a public policy, with the potential to increase the number of uninsured and Americans without coverage to receive current Covid vaccinations. How should the government, insurers, and medical care providers respond? 


Speaker Bios


Cindy Mann is a partner at Manatt Health. With more than 30 years of experience in federal and state health policy, Cindy Mann works with clients to develop and implement strategies around federal and state health reform, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and delivery and payment system transformation. Her clients include states, providers, plans, consumer organizations and foundations. Before joining Manatt, Cindy was deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services where she led the administration of Medicaid, CHIP and the Basic Health Program for more than five years during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


Matt Freeman is the Executive Director at the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA) and a Human Services Policy Analyst for the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC). Matt has worked at AMC/MACSSA since August of 2019. Prior to that, Freeman served as the County Relations Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).


Lucas Nesse is the president and CEO of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. In this role, Lucas works with the state’s non-profit health plans to pursue high quality and affordable health services for Minnesotans. Prior to assuming this role Lucas was the director of health policy for the Minnesota Business Partnership, a large employer membership organization.


Lawrence R. Jacobs is McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs, the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. The Center is a preeminent hub for political and policy analysis in the Midwest.

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