Juliette Cubanski is a Principal Policy Analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. As an analyst on the Foundation’s Medicare Policy Project, Dr. Cubanski focuses primarily on health policy issues related to Medicare, longterm care, and health coverage for low-income elderly and disabled populations. She is extensively involved in the Foundation’s efforts to monitor and analyze the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, with a primary emphasis on assessing how the new prescription drug benefit will affect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to and spending on drugs.
Dr. Cubanski has focused her research and professional experience in the policy areas of Medicare and Medicaid, private health insurance coverage, and health care access and financing, both at the national and state levels. Before joining the Foundation in 2004, she completed a Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University. Dr. Cubanski’s doctoral research examined policies to reduce Medicare prescription drug spending and the potential impacts of the Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, enacted as part of the Medicare Modernization Act. Prior to her work at Harvard, she was the principal coordinator for the California Health Policy Roundtable Project of the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she organized panel discussions to examine health care policies in California and health policy proposals being considered by the California State Legislature. Dr. Cubanski has authored numerous policy briefs on Medicare, Medicaid, and strategies to cover the uninsured, and was recently accepted for membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Cubanski earned a Masters of Public Policy and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.