Jeffrey A. Sachs is a leading health care policy expert who has worked with federal and state governments, hospitals, health systems, health plans, behavioral health organizations, technology companies, unions and others for more than three decades.
Sachs is the principal of the Sachs Policy Group, a boutique consulting firm in New York City that advises health care leaders on state and federal health care policy, trends and business strategy.
He was one of the architects of the recent New York State Medicaid Redesign Team process and its accompanying $8 billion Medicaid waiver. The result was one of the nation’s most innovative and comprehensive Medicaid overhauls.
In 2010, Sachs provided guidance on the development of California’s 2010 Medicaid waiver which disbursed $10 billion over five years to secure the safety net and help implement national health care reform in California.
In 2009, he participated on President Obama’s Health Policy Advisory Committee on federal health care reform. He facilitated a joint letter between AdvaMed, America’s Health Insurance Plans, The American Hospital Association, PhRMA, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in May 2009 expressing support for health care reform initiatives that would decrease the annual health care spending growth rate by 1.5 percentage points.
Since 2006, he has advised California state officials on Medicaid enhancement and universal coverage strategies. Sachs recently negotiated an agreement between the California Hospital Association and the SEIU to create a $100 million advocacy fund to improve California’s Medi-Cal Program.
He also advised Governor George E. Pataki on the development of two Medicaid waivers, which brought $3 billion in new federal spending to modernize and strengthen New York State’s health care system.
Sachs was a senior health and human services advisor to New York State Governors Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo between 1978 and 1983, supervising the state Departments of Health, Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Social Services. He is also a founder and Co-Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education at the City University of New York.
Sachs is a founding director and officer of HELP USA (Housing Enterprises for the Less Privileged), a non-profit that builds transitional and permanent housing providing on-site services and training programs to thousands of homeless and jobless families’ throughout the United States.