Jessica Heeringa

Jessica Heeringa

Senior Fellow

Jessica Heeringa focuses on Medicaid policy and the health care delivery system for low-income populations. She is an expert in Medicaid coverage, payment and delivery system reform, and the safety net system.

Since May 2022, Heeringa has directed a large-scale, multifaceted effort to support the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and states in preparing for the eventual end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, with the goal of supporting continuity of coverage. Between September 2019 and May 2022, Heeringa directed the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model Implementation and Monitoring Contract, where she worked closely with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and eight state Medicaid agencies to implement and monitor the MOM Model. Previously, Heeringa led a multistate, mixed methods evaluation of Medicaid section 1115 delivery system reform incentive payment demonstrations on behalf of CMCS and advised CMCS on evaluation requirements for section 1115 uncompensated care pool demonstrations. Heeringa was previously a co-deputy director of the Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has also held leadership positions on evaluation projects for CMMI and coauthored a dissemination and implementation toolkit to support the use of patient-centered outcomes research in practice for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Heeringa's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including eGEMs, American Journal of Managed Care, and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She holds an M.P.H. in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.

  • Medicaid eligibility and enrollment
  • Qualitative research
  • Rapid cycle evaluation
  • Mixed methods evaluation
  • Medicaid section 1115 demonstrations
  • Medicaid delivery system innovations and alternative payment models
  • Integrated care models
  • Safety net providers
  • Uncompensated care
  • Hospital supplemental payments
  • Dissemination and implementation of evidence

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