Stan Dorn

Senior Fellow

As a Senior Fellow at Families USA, Stan Dorn plays a leading role in a broad range of projects, with a special focus on coverage innovations and federal strategies to lower prescription drug prices and improve drug development.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Dorn has worked at both the state and federal levels on health care issues, typically those focusing on low-income and other vulnerable populations.  He is widely seen as a leading national expert on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Basic Health Program; the individual insurance market; innovative strategies for enrollment and retention; coverage for children, laid-off workers, justice-involved populations, and people with disabilities; state options for coverage expansion and delivery-system reform; and the intersection of tax and health coverage systems.

Before joining Families USA, Mr. Dorn served as Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, where he won the President’s Award for Outstanding Research and served as peer reviewer for Health Affairs and the Milbank Quarterly. He also served as Health Division Director at the Children’s Defense Fund, as Managing Attorney at the National Health Law Program’s Washington office, and as Senior Policy Analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute.  He was also the initial Project Director of the Health Consumer Alliance, where he led the organization in its effort to win the Beneficiary Services Award of Merit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Policies he helped shape include streamlined enrollment provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA); federal payment rules for the Basic Health Program option under the ACA; Express Lane Enrollment for children in Medicaid and CHIP; state fiscal relief for Medicaid programs during the Great Recession; Health Coverage Tax Credits for workers displaced by international trade; and legislation preserving Medicaid for families losing cash assistance under welfare reform.

Stan received his BA from Harvard College and his JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.