Director, Health Reform Studies
Laura Spicer is director of health reform studies at The Hilltop Institute. In this position, she is part of a team of researchers responsible for program evaluation, data analysis, and policy development for health reform, Medicaid, and other publicly funded programs. She has been extensively involved in health reform implementation in Maryland. Many of her other projects involve analyzing Medicaid claims and other data on an extensive number of issues related to quality assurance, network adequacy, service utilization, enrollment trends, and costs. She assists states in developing policies and meeting federal reporting and waiver requirements. In addition to these state-based projects, she also works on other research grants and contracts.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Spicer was a policy analyst at Hilltop and conducted various health care-related research activities, including ongoing analyses for Maryland’s HealthChoice program. Before that, she was a research assistant who provided research support for various projects, including staffing the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission and conducting interviews and focus groups with various stakeholders.
Ms. Spicer obtained a master's degree (summa cum laude) in applied sociology and a bachelor's degree in sociology (cum laude) from UMBC.