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Donna Folkemer
Director, Long-Term Services and Supports Policy and Research


Donna Folkemer is director of long-term services and supports (LTSS) policy and research at The Hilltop Institute. In this capacity, she manages Hilltop's LTSS initiatives, including designing integrated care systems and developing accountability measures for home and community-based services waivers. Under her direction, Hilltop is assisting New Mexico and Maryland with implementation of Money Follows the Person demonstrations; writing issue briefs and creating linked data sets for persons eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid; and developing options for integrated web-based tracking systems for persons receiving LTSS.

Prior to becoming director of LTSS policy and research, Ms. Folkemer directed Hilltop's Hospital Community Benefit Program, the central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers to improve the reporting and evaluation of tax-exempt hospitals’ community benefit activities.

Before joining Hilltop, Ms. Folkemer was group director of the Forum for State Health Policy Leadership at the National Conference of State Legislatures. As such, she oversaw proposal development, research, and technical assistance activities of the group; conducted analysis for state legislators and staff on Medicaid, long-term care, health information technology, and health care financing; prepared and presented testimony for state legislative committees; and managed responses to legislators. Prior to leading the group, Ms. Folkemer served as Program Director in the Forum and worked with state legislators and their staff on Medicaid, prescription drugs, and long-term care issues. She also developed proposals, managed research activities funded by public agencies and private foundations, wrote issue briefs and news articles, and provided testimony.

Prior to her commitment to the Forum, Ms. Folkemer was director of policy and planning at the Medical Assistance Administration of the District of Columbia, where she oversaw policy analysis, regulation development, budgetary review, and planning for Medicaid. She also coordinated the implementation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and managed a Medicaid eligibility expansion project. Prior to that, Ms. Folkemer was a senior research associate for the Intergovernmental Health Policy Project at George Washington University. She was also deputy director of the Center for the Advancement of State Community Care Programs at the National Association of State Units on Aging. Prior to that, Ms. Folkemer served as planner, long-term care division chief, and then planning and evaluation division chief at the Maryland Office on Aging.

Ms. Folkemer earned her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, her masters in community planning from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. from West Virginia University.