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Alice M. Weiss

Alice M. Weiss is a Deputy Director in the Children and Adults Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In this role, she helps direct CMS’ work relating to Medicaid, CHIP and Basic Health Program eligibility and enrollment policy and operations, health equity, and program interfaces for American Indian and Alaska native individuals and providers.  Alice is also leading policy initiatives providing information and requirements for states and stakeholders during the unwinding of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Alice joined CMS in January of 2022, bringing experience with Medicaid policy and operational implementation and leading health policy development and analysis. Prior to joining CMS, Alice was the Policy Director for the District of Columbia’s Medicaid Agency, where she managed a team leading eligibility, data, and policymaking initiatives.  Alice also co-directed Maximizing Enrollment, a five-year national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded initiative through the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) that supported state leaders in implementing eligibility reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal law.  Alice has also served as health legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee working on Medicaid, CHIP, Native American/Alaska Native health, and private coverage, and has held senior health policy positions at the National Partnership for Women & Families and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Alice has published numerous research papers, including in Health Affairs, and presented at national conferences and C-SPAN broadcasted events.  She received her BA in History from Haverford College and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She lives in Takoma Park, MD, with her husband Steve and their son and daughter.