The project was a unique opportunity to tap into Mann’s extensive national experience and perspective. Mann previously served at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she was deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services during implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is a well-known thought leader on Medicaid who works with states, providers, plans, consumer organizations, and foundations.
After the July 13 briefing Chris Perrone, director of Improving Access at CHCF, interviewed Mann about how Medi-Cal’s challenges compare to those facing other state Medicaid programs and why “business as usual” is no longer an option for the program. Here’s their conversation:
Anne Sunderland is the senior communications officer for CHCF’s Improving Access team, which works to improve access to coverage and care for low-income Californians.
Prior to joining CHCF, Anne was communications manager at the Public Health Institute (PHI). Working closely with PHI’s senior management, researchers, and project directors, Anne developed and implemented strategic communications initiatives to lift the visibility of PHI’s work to key policymakers, funders, and industry leaders. Anne brings experience in health care financing and delivery, with previous positions as an analyst at Blue Shield of California and a health planner at La Clínica de La Raza, a Bay Area federally qualified health center. She also served as senior editor at the Institute for Global Health at UCSF. Her writing on health issues has been published by the Institute of Medicine and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley.