Barbara Lyons is a leading expert on Medicaid and health policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She conducts policy research, testifies and has published widely on health insurance coverage, access to care, health care delivery and financing, dual eligibles and long-term care. She is former Director of the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, a major initiative of the Foundation that serves as a policy institute and forum for analyzing health care coverage and access for the low-income population and assessing options for reform.
Prior to her position with KFF, Dr. Lyons served on the policy staff of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone where she specialized in economic, health coverage and financing issues facing elderly people. Dr. Lyons received her doctoral degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.